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Prison Rape Radio Interview

In prison abuse, prison sexual abuse, restorative justice, sexual abuse, sexual assault, Uncategorized on November 19, 2007 at 5:19 am

To mark the beginning of Restorative Justice Week 2007, CURB President, Adrian N. Alexander, hosted a Radio Interview on ISAAC 98.1 FM about Prison Sexual Abuse.

Guests on the radio programme included the Executive Director of the Prison Reform Transformation Unit, the General Secretary of the Prison Officers Association, a Behaviour Modification Specialist, a prison ministry counsellor and an ex-prisoner.

Click on the link above to access the audio files from the interview which included an eye witness account of prison rape!

Meeting with Prison Commissioner – November 2007

In prison abuse, prison sexual abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault on November 17, 2007 at 8:02 pm

On 6 November 2007, CURB President met with Mr. John Rougier, Prisons Commissioner, to discuss the issue of Prison Sexual Abuse.

The Commissioner requested that CURB postpone the planned training programme for Restorative Justice Week until a consultation could be held with senior officers. CURB had submitted several proposals to the Commissioner including one which outlines the need for a national consultation in the aftermath of the conduct of research into the incidence of prison sexual assault and abuse.

However, the CURB Board of Directors decided that, in all the circumstances of CURB’s financial commitments with training facilitators, it would not be possible to postpone the events for Restorative Justice Week.

Developments in October 2007

In prison abuse, prison sexual abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault on October 31, 2007 at 7:10 pm

In October 2007, following a decision taken at the Board of Directors meeting, the CURB President met with the Council of Prison Chaplains and Ministers (COPCAM) on the issue of prison sexual abuse.

During that month, we also wrote to the Prisons Commissioner again, despite not having received any reply from him to our letter of January 2007 requesting a meeting on the prison rape issue.

CURB also wrote to the Honourable Fitzgerald Hinds, Minister in charge of Prison Rehabilitation, requesting a meeting with him to discuss the problem of prisoner rape.

In this month, CURB created the new dedicated Stop Prison Abuse website and began to finalise arrangements with facilitators for a week of training for prison volunteers in counselling survivors and perpetrators of sexual assault and abuse during Restorative Justice Week – 19th to 23rd November 2007.

CURB President, Adrian N. Alexander and a COPCAM member, Dr. Andrea Palmer, participated in an advanced counselling training programme with Rape Crisis Society which extended over 5 Saturdays.

CURB was pleased to see several prison officers in attendance at this training programme but was concerned that the officers were drawn from various departments and seemed unsure of the future application of the information to which they were being exposed.

This was in light of the absence of defined structures within the Prison Service for them to counsel with prisoners who are survivors of sexual assault or abuse.

CURB also wrote a funding proposal to the government of Trinidad and Tobago requesting financial assistance to host a series of training programmes to, inter alia:-

1. empower persons to counsel survivors and perpetrators of sexual assault and abuse,

2. conduct focus groups, interviews, surveys and other research into prison sexual abuse in Trinidad and Tobago and

3. develop and distribute literature and other resources to impact the sub-culture of local prisons and change mindsets with respect to prison sexual assault.

Networking in September 2007

In prison abuse, prison sexual abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault on September 30, 2007 at 6:59 pm

In September 2007, CURB President, Adrian N. Alexander, spoke with President of Prison Fellowship T&T, Pastor Daniel Parks, about our concerns with respect to prison sexual abuse.

We were encouraged to hear that he too was of the view that some intervention was needed in order to assist survivors of prison rape (buggery) and sexual assault both during and after their period of incarceration.

Following a decision taken at our Board of Directors meeting in September 2007, CURB wrote to the Prisons Officers Association (Second Division) to inform them of our concerns with respect to prison sexual abuse.

Prison Rape Literature – June 2007

In prison sexual abuse on June 30, 2007 at 6:54 pm

In June 2007, CURB developed a brochure on the issue of prison sexual abuse to educate the general public of the truths as opposed to the myths about this controversial issue.

We were able to distribute the brochures at volunteer fairs and other events in North and South Trinidad. The literature assisted many readers to develop a measure of compassion for persons who are sexually assaulted, irrespective of their criminal record.

Also in June 2007, CURB reported in our Blog of an ex-prisoner who received a substantial award of damages from the Trinidad and Tobago High Court in respect of injuries he sustained from a beating in prison.


Rape Crisis Training – March 2007

In prison sexual abuse, sexual abuse, sexual assault on March 31, 2007 at 6:48 pm

In March 2007, CURB President, Adrian N. Alexander, participated in a Basic Counselling course hosted by the Rape Crisis Society of Trinidad and Tobago.

In this course, Mr. Alexander was able to gain further understanding of the trauma experienced by male and female survivors of sexual assault and abuse.

Media Releases in March 2007

In prison sexual abuse, restorative justice, sexual abuse, sexual assault on March 30, 2007 at 6:44 pm

It is March 2007, and CURB has not received any communication from the Prisons Commissioner in response to our request for a meeting in relation to the problem of prison sexual abuse.

From various parts of the Caribbean, however, CURB receives reports of incidents of prison sexual abuse and commences making entries in our CURB RJ Blog and also authoring media releases which are distributed to media houses in Trinidad and Tobago.


Hello world!

In prison abuse, prison sexual abuse, restorative justice, sexual abuse, sexual assault on January 10, 2007 at 4:39 pm

Welcome to the Stop Prison Abuse project weblog!

This is the place where Caribbean Umbrella Body For Restorative Behaviour (CURB) will be highlighting news and developments in our efforts to confront, identify and eradicate the causal factors surrounding prison sexual abuse and assault in the Caribbean.

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