LOGAN COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) — Few things are stronger than a mother’s love — not distance, not time, not even the bars on a prison cell.
A prison sentence for drug induced homicide separated a mother from her daughter.
WAND News is using “Jane Doe” for narrative purposes after the mother requested her name to be withheld.
Doe had used a particular counselor at Logan Correctional Center for months before she was transferred to segregation housing.
“He came to my door and asked me if I wanted him to call my daughter,” she said.
That question sucked her into what she says was a cycle of sexual assault.
“We went to the back classroom and then started asking about boyfriends, telling me I was pretty,” she said. “It switched right when we got alone. When we weren’t in the office with other people anymore, his whole demeanor changed.”
“At first, he kissed me and he was like ‘would you tell anybody if I kissed you?’” Doe added. “And I was like ‘umm…I don’t know how to answer that.’ What kind of question is that?”
Doe says the advances continued to escalate from there — all while her counselor told her to keep quiet.
“Even trying to get out of a situation like that, the people that you’re going to go to, to get out of that situation are the ones doing it,” she said. “He would call and be like ‘oh, do you want to call your daughter?’ because I only had bi-weekly phone calls with them and I was getting more than that so it was using that as a tool to get me where he wanted me to be.”
She says her counselor began touching himself while she was on the phone with her daughter.
A lawsuit filed through the Uptown People’s Law Center in Chicago details even more harrowing allegations. In it, Doe accuses her counselor of forcing her to perform oral sex and engage in sexual intercourse on multiple occasions.
“I even got moved to other housing units that he wasn’t supposed to be the counselor [for],” Doe said. “I was supposed to get transferred to a new counselor and he was somehow still my counselor.”
The Illinois Department of Corrections eventually transferred Doe to Decatur Correctional Center — a move she believes was done in retaliation for the allegations against her counselor.
Now out of prison, Doe wants to use her lawsuit to get justice for herself and the other inmates inside Logan Correctional Center who cannot speak up.
“I would like for a sincere apology,” she said. “I don’t think that’s going to happen. I would like for him to know what he did was wrong.”