Rikers Inmates Say NYC Allowed 'Widespread' Sexual Assault
Two inmates filed a lawsuit saying a corrections officer repeatedly raped them and that they were told nothing could be done when they reported it.By Cliff Judy | May 22, 2015
Two inmates from one of America's most famous jails say New York City allowed Rikers Island corrections officers to commit widespread sexual assault.
The women filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against one of the jail's corrections officers and the city saying the officer repeatedly raped them. The women say when they tried to report the assaults, they were told nothing could be done. (Video via WABC)
Part of the suit reads the officer threatened to allow other inmates to beat the women up if they reported assault. The women's attorneys also allege when Rikers officers get reported, "retaliation includes threats and other verbal abuse, deprivation of food for extended periods of time, refusing to permit women to bathe, and placing them in punitive segregation based on false disciplinary charges."