Woman says prison guards forced her to prove menstruation

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By TRAVIS LOLLER
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A woman who was visiting a privately run Tennessee prison says in a lawsuit she was forced to expose her genitals to prove she was menstruating when she tried to take a sanitary napkin into the facility.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday in federal court, says the woman suggested less invasive ways to offer proof to guards at the Correction Corporation of America prison about 85 miles southwest of Nashville.

Instead, she says she was instructed to go into a bathroom stall and disrobe so that a female officer could inspect her genitalia.

The woman, identified in court documents only as Jane Doe, has asked the court to let her proceed anonymously.

Calls and emails to Correction Corporation of America and the Tennessee Department of Correction were not immediately returned.

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