A week in the life of a gay youth in jail
The following is an excerpt from the journal one young man kept to document the harassment he experienced while incarcerated. Sadly, such fear, intimidation and physical danger is too often a regular part of life for LGBT youth in custody.
April 8: The sexual harassment starts again. The staff does things to get the
kids to retaliate against me. Everybody is…verbally assaulting me.
April 9: More harassment today. One staff called me a “stupid faggot.” … I tried to complain, but I got ignored.
April 10: Harassment continues, I complain but they don’t take it serious, I’m afraid it might get out of hand. Boys are trying to touch me and stuff, but staff does nothing. I feel like I live in hell. This evening was filled with violence… I fear for my safety.
April 11: More harassment. A staff stated “I hate gay people.” I got steadily ridiculed [and] verbally abused. I fear them.
April 13: I expressed myself to a counselor but [she] would not do anything. I have told her before. I isolated myself from the kids’ vicious behavior.
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