The Unique Sexual Harassment Problem Female Prison Workers Face
When women report abuse from the men in their custody.The sexual harassment began in 1994, Paula Purdy says, shortly after she started work as a corrections officer at the Denver County Jail. Colleagues made demeaning comments about her body. One male captain made her so uncomfortable she avoided him. But the worst abuse came from inmates, who would make sexual remarks and masturbate at her as she did rounds in their housing areas. Purdy says she reported the behavior to her bosses, but there were few consequences. “I would get emotional at work several times a day,” she said.
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Smith, Brenda V. and Santo, Alysia, "The Unique Sexual Harassment Problem Female Prison Workers Face" (2017). Popular Media. 370.