Join a growing coalition of groups outside the CA corrections department in a rally to expose #MeTooBehindBars!
#MeTooBehindBars is a campaign to expose how the prison system uses sexual and gender-based violence, including homophobia & transphobia, to target people who they incarcerate & whose daily lives they have almost total control over. The campaign was launched in response to two assaults where correctional officers (COs) used physical force, sexual harassment & homophobic and transphobic insults against transgender, gender nonconforming (GNC) and queer people at women’s prisons in CA. The campaign supports a lawsuit filed against CDCR by five plaintiffs who were targeted while at CCWF.
#MeTooBehindBars expands an understanding of gender-based violence, sexual exploitation & harassment beyond specific incidences as a systematic form of power and control enacted through the state. Specifically, it exposes how women, transgender, gender nonconforming & queer people remain unprotected from daily harassment, humiliation, assault, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia & how the system fails to hold accountable those who inflict harm. #MeTooBehindBars also aims to influence the #MeToo movement, by encouraging transformative justice rather than expanding systems of policing and incarceration that rely on gender violence.