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A male guard at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex repeatedly raped two female inmates, a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.

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Rikers Island Guard Repeatedly Raped 2 Women Inmates, Says Lawsuit

Posted: 05/19/2015 10:22 pm EDT Updated: 05/19/2015 10:59 pm EDT

A male guard at New York’s Rikers Island jail complex repeatedly raped two female inmates, a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.

The suit, which seeks class-action status, accuses Correction Officer Benny Santiago of sexually assaulting the two women for years, and punishing them when they resisted his advances or threatened to report the attacks.

The guard’s actions are part of a “pervasive culture of rape and other sexual abuse” inside Rikers’ all-female Rose M. Singer Center that is “common knowledge within and without the facility,” says the suit, filed in federal court in Manhattan by the Legal Aid Society.

 

“Correction officers and other staff know not only that women are regularly abused, but also which officers abuse which women, and when and where the abuse occurs,” says the suit.

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