URGENT ACTION ALERT
~ PLEASE DISTRIBUTE BROADLY- SEPTEMBER 27, 2002
STOP PRISON RAPE
Every day prisoners are being sexually harassed by guards who
are even doing cavity searches. Men and women are routinely raped
and sexually brutalized in jails, prisons, and INS detention centers
throughout the country. Victims have been left beaten and bloodied,
they have suffered long-term psychological harm, and they have contracted
Here's what you can do:
With one moment of your time YOU can help to end one of the most
horrific and neglected human rights abuses in the U.S. today: sexual
violence against men and women in prison. Please take part in
Stop Prisoner Rape's quick and simple campaign.
Letters to President Bush are urgently needed RIGHT NOW to garner
his support for the Prison Rape Reduction Act of 2002. Congressional
leaders from both parties have united in this historic effort, but
support from the White House remains critical!
Please paste the following sample letter (or one of your own)
in an email to email@example.com and Cc it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please forward this email WIDELY! Together, we can insist that this
widespread abuse no longer be trivialized and ignored.
You can learn more about the legislation and read the bill at
www.spr.org or www.thomas.loc.gov.
Dear President Bush:
I am writing to urge you to support the Prison Rape Reduction
Act of 2002 (S. 2619, H.R. 4943). The bill authorizes a definitive
study of the problem of prisoner rape and creates standards and
incentives for corrections officials to help end this serious
human rights abuse.
Men and women are routinely raped and sexually brutalized in
jails, prisons, and INS detention centers throughout the country.
Victims have been left beaten and bloodied, they have suffered
long-term psychological harm, and they have contracted HIV. Upon
release, victims may bring with them emotional scars and learned
violent behavior that continue the cycle of harm. The United States
urgently needs to take steps toward ending this horrific and widespread
abuse that derails justice and destroys human dignity.
Democratic and Republican members of the House and Senate have
come together to introduce the first-ever federal legislation
to address this problem.
Sen. Ted Kennedy,
Sen. Jeff Sessions,
Rep. Bobby Scott, and
Rep. Frank Wolf
are all co-sponsors of the bill. President Bush, please join
this bipartisan effort to stop a problem that perpetuates violence
both inside and outside of prison walls by supporting the Prison
Rape Reduction Act of 2002.
(your) NAME AND ADDRESS