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Survivor Voices: Troy

Troy Isaac was just 12 years old when he was sexually assaulted by teenage boys at a California Youth Authority facility. Later in California state prisons, he suffered continuing sexual abuse and harassment. Troy is committed to raising awareness about sexual abuse behind bars and has shared his story with journalists, government officials, and politicians. Troy is involved in numerous efforts to protect and promote the rights of vulnerable populations, including LGBTQ, homeless, and disabled people. Troy is a member of Just Detention International's Survivor Council. This video was created with support from a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime.

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    Survivor Voices: Rodney

    Rodney Roussell was sexually assaulted repeatedly by other inmates at a New Orleans jail. Rodney began corresponding with JDI in 2013, and has emerged as one of our most powerful spokespeople. In 2018, Rodney was the subject of a groundbreaking short documentary produced by the New York Times. He is a member of Just Detention International's Survivor Council. This video was created with support from a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime.

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    Survivor Voices: Tom

    Tom Cahill was gang-raped and beaten while detained at a Texas jail. He had been arrested for civil disobedience after participating in a non-violent demonstration protesting the Vietnam War. Tom is a veteran human rights advocate committed to confronting, challenging, and correcting social injustices. He served as a Board member and President of Just Detention International from 1998 to 2006. His efforts culminated in the passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, the first federal civil law to address prisoner rape. Tom is a member of Just Detention International's Survivor Council. This video was created with support from a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime.

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    Survivor Voices: Nathan

    Nathan Jones is a survivor of staff sexual abuse in a Wyoming prison. Since being released, Nathan and his wife, Carolyn, have worked with JDI on sharing his story as widely as possible, so that no one has to endure what he did. Nathan is a member of Just Detention International's Survivor Council. This video was created with support from a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime.

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    Survivor Voices: Stephanie

    Stephanie Walker was sexually assaulted by an officer in a Georgia prison. Since her release, Stephanie has shared her story with the press and advocates. She is the founder of #Iamnolongersilent, which aims to promote the voices of prisoner rape survivors, and is a member of Just Detention International's Survivor Council. This video was created with support from a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime.

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    Words of Hope

    JDI supporters have sent thousands of holidays greetings to incarcerated survivors of sexual abuse, through the Words of Hope campaign. This video, shot inside a women's prison, captures the reactions of a small group of inmates as they read these messages.

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    Michelle-Lael’s Journey To Healing

    Michelle-Lael Norsworthy is an advocate for transgender rights and member of JDI’s Survivor Council. She spent three decades in men’s prisons in California, before being released in 2015.

    In this video, Michelle-Lael tells her story of survival behind bars — and how JDI made a difference in her life.

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    The Lifer and the Warden

    In this powerful video, a pair of old friends — a former lifer and a prison warden — reunite to make a California women’s prison safer. The video captures JDI’s groundbreaking work inside detention facilities to ensure every prisoners’ right to be free from sexual abuse.

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    My Name Is Joe

    JDI Survivor Council Joe Booth was sexually assaulted repeatedly while serving time in prison. In this video, Joe and Jessica Seipel, the rape crisis advocate who helped him heal after his assaults, talk about the life-saving support that advocates can provide to incarcerated survivors through written correspondence. Today, Joe helps JDI educate advocates and corrections officials nationwide about sexual abuse in detention and how to work with other survivors in need. The video was produced by JDI with support from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

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    Leaders from Inside

    At the California Institution for Women, an inmate-led education program has raised awareness about staying safe from sexual abuse. This film shows the women who are behind the dramatic culture shift at the facility.

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    PREA: What You Need to Know

    This 16-minute inmate education video is designed to help adult prisons, jails, and lockups to meet the inmate education requirements of the Department of Justice's National Standards to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Prison Rape (§§115.33 and 115.132).

    For more information, including a link to download the video and the accompanying facilitator's guide, visit http://www.prearesourcecenter.org/node/1912.