Womens History Month Full
Though women represented just 13% of the people in jails from 2009-2011, they accounted for 27% of all inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization and 67% of all staff-on-inmate sexual victimization.

Our Overlooked report also showed that women in jail are overwhelmingly survivors of violence. However, programs that are meant to address violence and trauma are often only available to women who have been arrested on certain charges. For example, some jurisdictions provide programming for women arrested on prostitution-related charges. Yet, those cases account for less than 1 percent of all arrests of women nationally. In contrast, almost 90 percent of all justice-involved women report being survivors of sexual violence—in addition to 77 percent being survivors of intimate partner violence, and 60 percent being survivors of caregiver violence—who could benefit from community support and services.

Additionally within the criminal justice system, risks and rates of sexual victimization disproportionately impact women. Though women represented just 13 percent of the people in jails between 2009 and 2011, they accounted for 27 percent of all inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization and 67 percent of all staff-on-inmate sexual victimization, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

In order to fully include women who are incarcerated in the #MeToo movement, we must alter our responses to address these realities. The movement is incomplete without incorporating their voices into the conversation.