Texas woman says roadside strip search felt like ‘rape’

A Texas woman said she felt like she had been “raped” after what she called an invasive roadside strip search by two Harris County deputies.

Charnesia Corley, 23, filed a lawsuit against Harris County Sheriff’s Office after a June 2015 traffic stop, which ended with two female deputies pinning Corley to the ground and allegedly performing a body cavity search. “They’re supposed to protect you,” she told reporters. “They’re supposed to keep you safe, not rape you. That’s how I feel. I feel like I was raped.”

In her suit, Corley said her constitutional rights were violated by the deputies conducting the roadside search. In any other circumstance of course it would be illegal to throw a woman to the ground and penetrate her vagina by force after forcefully removing her clothing, these standards are not the same ones that the Harris County Sheriffs office apparently stands by.

Charnesia Corley said she felt violated after the search.
Charnesia Corley said she felt violated after the search.

“They then took Miss Corley and placed both ankles behind her ears spread eagle position and started to search for something in Miss Corley’s cavity in her vaginal area,” her attorney, Sam Cammack, It appears that her pants are removed as the deputies search her.

Corley was on the ground for about 11 minutes before she was allowed to stand up and get dressed. She said she hopes the footage will help prove her case.

Police said marijuana was found. Corley was charged with possession of marijuana and resting arrest, but the charges were later dropped.

Charnesia Corley sued the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Charnesia Corley sued the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

It was stated that two of the deputies involved had charges against them dropped on Aug. 4 following “new evidence.” The District Attorney’s office told the outlet that the evidence could not be made public. A third deputy was never charged for the search.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a statement that the department was “fully committed” to ensuring that residents are treated with respect and dignity and that strip searches are prohibited without a warrant.

“In cases in which a warrant is obtained, strip searches must be conducted in a private, sanitary, and appropriate facility,” he stated, adding that both deputies were still on the force.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigationJump to search This article is about a form of human sexual assault. For rape among non-human animals, see Sexual coercion among animals. For other uses, see Rape (disambiguation).

The Rape of Proserpina by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1621-22, at the Galleria Borghese in Rome.

A Map of the world showing rape per 100,000 population (as of 2018).

Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person’s consent. The act may be carried out by physical force, coercion, abuse of authority, or against a person who is incapable of giving valid consent, such as one who is unconscious, incapacitated, has an intellectual disability or is below the legal age of consent.[1][2][3] The term rape is sometimes used interchangeably with the term sexual assault.[4]

The rate of reporting, prosecuting and convicting for rape varies between jurisdictions. Internationally, the incidence of rapes recorded by the police during 2008 ranged, per 100,000 people, from 0.2 in Azerbaijan to 92.9 in Botswana with 6.3 in Lithuania as the median.[5] Worldwide, sexual violence, including rape, is primarily committed by males against females.[6] Rape by strangers is usually less common than rape by people the victim knows, and male-on-male and female-on-female prison rapes are common and may be the least reported forms of rape.[7][8][9]

Widespread and systematic rape (e.g., war rape) and sexual slavery can occur during international conflict. These practices are crimes against humanity and war crimes. Rape is also recognized as an element of the crime of genocide when committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a targeted ethnic group.

People who have been raped can be traumatized and develop posttraumatic stress disorder.[10] Serious injuries can result along with the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. A person may face violence or threats from the rapist, and, in some cultures, from the victim’s family and relatives.[11][12][13]

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