Former inmate claims corrections officer, therapist assaulted her
ST. LOUIS - A former inmate at a Missouri prison has accused a corrections officer and a mental health therapist for the prison of sexually assaulting her.
The woman claims she was first sexually assaulted in 2012 by a corrections officer while she was incarcerated for non-violent offenses. When she spoke with her prison therapist about the abuse, she says the therapist then began sexually assaulting her as well, according to a press release.
Multiple professors from the Saint Louis University School of Law, as well as multiple lawyers from a St. Louis law firm, are representing the former inmate.
According to the release, the corrections officer is still employed by the Missouri Department of Corrections, but the therapist is no longer employed with the Chillicothe Correctional Institution.
The release explains the woman was hesitant to come forward about her abuse because of a policy in the Missouri prison system that puts women who allege sexual assault in solitary confinement. This takes away their right to see their families or participate in various programs at the prison, several of which the woman taught.
“I was afraid I would not get to see my daughter and husband for a very long time,” she said, according to the release. “I knew if I reported these horrific acts to anyone else, that I would be the one who would be punished. The one person I did report to started assaulting me, as well.”
The team of lawyers representing her is also representing a second alleged victim of the same officer, according to the release. That lawsuit is expected to be filed in early June.