Wednesday, November 1, 2006
American University College of Law Hosts Sexual Violence in Prison Discussion with Author T.J. Parsell
T.J. Parsell, author of FISH: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison, will highlight a discussion on sexual violence in prisons and prospects for the success of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Parsell was incarcerated at age 17, and his book is a memoir of the traumas he experienced while in prison. The event will be held at American University Washington College of Law on Thursday, Nov. 2.
Parsell is a writer and human rights activist dedicated to ending sexual abuse against men, women and children in detention. He is president of Stop Prisoner Rape, serves as a consultant to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission and has worked with the National Institute of Corrections to produce an inmate orientation video on how to avoid sexual violence behind bars. Parsell has testified before numerous government bodies and was instrumental in passage of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003, the first-ever federal legislation to address this issue.
- T.J. Parsell, president, Stop Prisoner Rape; author of FISH: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man’s Prison
- Cynthia Totten, senior policy associate for Stop Prisoner Rape, who will discuss SPR’s advocacy efforts in this area
- Brenda Smith, director, National Institute of Correction, WCL Project on Addressing Prison Rape; professor of law, who will discuss the implications and opportunities raised by the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.
Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event. Stop Prisoner Rape works to put an end to sexual violence against men, women, and youth in all forms of detention. To achieve this goal, SPR seeks to: engender policies that ensure government accountability for prisoner rape; change ill-informed and flippant public attitudes toward sexual assault behind bars; and promote access to resources for survivors of this type of violence.
This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; the Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law; and the Criminal Law Society.