Being subjected to any form of harassment can be a harrowing process but taking steps to protect against such treatment might not always be easy. Individuals in New Mexico who are incarcerated in prisons and jails may feel they stand little chance of protecting against sexual misconduct, and they might even fear that no one will believe them should they step forward with complaints of such unjust behavior. Recent reports of a study into sexual misconduct in the prison system in another state indicate that similar issues are more common than one might think.
A recent study of sexual misconduct at prisons and jails across the state indicated that such behavior continues to be distressingly common. As many as 19 of the 22 women interviewed in the survey said that they experienced or witnessed some form of sexual misconduct during their incarceration. They claim that these actions were carried out by prison staff members and corrections officers.
According to the study, these women were subjected to various forms of unlawful treatment, ranging from constant harassment to physical abuse. Reports indicate that one woman claims she was assaulted and injured during a strip search. Researchers also indicate that issues of this nature might often go unreported, and since they may commonly occur in private, those subjected to such treatment might be afraid that no one will believe their stories.
No one should have to encounter the trials of sexual misconduct and those who experience such issues may suffer in numerous ways. Individuals in New Mexico who are subjected to such abuse but remain hesitant to step forward and share their stories might benefit from speaking with an attorney for advice on their legal rights and available options. An attorney can provide a client with guidance in preparing to confront the issue at hand and assist in taking every possible measure to safeguard his or her interests through every stage of the subsequent process.