Gee, and people wonder why rape is such an underreported crime.
The anonymous woman was raped in Houston in 2013, according to court documents, and was cooperating with prosecutors when she suffered a breakdown while testifying in December 2015.
She has bipolar disorder and was admitted to a local hospital for mental health treatment when the judge ordered a recess for the holiday break until January 2016.
According to the documents, authorities were scheduled to be on vacation and “did not want the responsibility of having to monitor Jane Doe’s well being or provide victim services to her during the holiday recess.”
The complaint alleges that the district attorney’s office obtained an order from the Harris County sheriff to take the woman into custody so she would not flee before completing her testimony.
The employee booking her into Harris County Jail identified her as a “defendant in a sexual assault case, rather than the victim.” That impacted her treatment from jail staff, as the complaint reads:
“The Harris County Jail psychiatric staff tormented Jane Doe and caused her extreme emotional distress and mental anguish by further defaming her, falsely insisting to her that she was being charged with sexual assault, and refusing to acknowledge her status as an innocent rape victim.”
Doe also suffered beatings from other inmates and from a guard, who then requested assault charges to be filed against her “in an attempt to cover up the brutal abuse,” according to the complaint.
The complaint also alleges that the jail failed “to provide Jane Doe’s prescribed medications.”