A Longview rape victim who was jailed in Houston for nearly a month because prosecutors feared she would not return to testify after having a mental breakdown on the stand has sued the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, county officials and jail employees.
The woman, identified as Jane Doe in the lawsuit, was held in the general population at the Harris County Jail – the same place where the rape suspect, Keith Hendricks, was housed. There, the suit says, she was misclassified as the perpetrator of a sexual assault – not as a victim – attacked by an inmate, denied medication and punched in the face by a guard.
Jane Doe’s treatment amounted to “an absolute deprivation of her personal integrity,” her lawyer, Sean Buckley, said Thursday. “As a rape victim, the psychological trauma she experienced was an overwhelming sense of hopelessness and helplessness.”
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