In 2007 CURB tackled the ‘taboo’ subject of prison sexual assault which is an experience capable of adversely affecting an ex-prisoner’s ability to successfully re-integrate into society.
CURB sought to make the point that sexual and other abuses of prisoners are NOT part of the sentence imposed by any Court and therefore must be eliminated. We also educated the public about the problem and consequences of prisoner abuse through editorial letters, press releases and the distribution of Stop Prison Rape brochures and multimedia.
All of these publications and resources are available online from our RJ Week 2007 Archives.
Apart from international agencies such as Stop Prisoner Rape (now called Just Detention International), in the USA and Survivors Swindon in the UK, CURB collaborated with the members of the Council of Prison Chaplains and Ministers (COPCAM), the Rape Crisis Society, Dolly & Associates Limited and other local agencies to provide support and resources for prisoners and ex-prisoners who are victimised through sexual assault while in custody.
The main activity for RJ Week 2007 was the hosting by CURB of an intensive 5-day training programme at the Church On The Rock (Morvant Open Bible Church), Corner Lady Young Road and Caledonia Road, Morvant to equip persons to effectively counsel both survivors and perpetrators of sexual assault.
CURB’s commitment to fully ventilate all issues in relation to the abuse of prisoners has led us to seek funding approval from various government ministries to conduct in-depth analysis and develop comprehensive approaches to eradicate prison sex abuse in Trinidad and Tobago.
We have also set up a dedicated website geared towards eliminating the causes of prison abuse in the Caribbean region. To follow the work of CURB and the growing coalition of Caribbean organisations concerned about ending all abuses of prisoners, please visit our new website – Stop Prison Abuse.
RJ Week 2007 was preceded by and concluded with landmark radio interviews on ISAAC 98.1 FM. For audio files of these interviews including testimonies of prison sexual assault please visit the Resources Page of Stop Prison Abuse.
Please Click Here for a Review of Restorative Justice Week 2007.
Photographs of the activities from Restorative Justice Week 2007 are available here.