Sexual assault victim says Silverdale turned a blind eye to several incidents behind bars
A sexual assault victim is speaking out after she says Silverdale Detention Facility correction officers knew her body was being brutalized - and turned a blind eye.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) confirms to NewsChannel 9 that an investigation is now underway.
(WARNING: The report below contains disturbing material and harsh language)
Bruises and cuts cover Jenny Pullum's face.
While her body has been through an ordeal, she says what you can't see hurts the most.
"That private area, sometimes heals on itself, but actually it's not. It's hanging," said Pullum.
While behind bars at Silverdale Detention Facility, Pullum says several inmates believed she had drugs hidden in her genitals.
So, she says they tried to cut them out.
"About 10 girls came in the shower and were punching me in my face. They had razor blades and they was trying to go up in me with objects. And they cut me open and I guess that's when I lost conscious. Then I woke up," said Pullum.
Medical release paperwork Pullum provided us from Erlanger shows CT-Scan results indicate she had blunt abdominal trauma.
On August 20th, doctors found evidence that Pullum was a victim of sexual assault.
"I kept taking them to my door to explain what had happened. They told me to shut the f*** up if I want to be outside. I shouldn't be in jail if I want to be with my husband, so they don't care what really happened to me and they just kept me in the hole and they did nothing to the other girls," said Pullum.
Hamilton County Sheriff's Detectives tell us they found out about an assault at CoreCivic that took place on August 20th.
Investigators believed her injuries were so severe, she needed to go to the hospital.
Court records show Pullum was charged on August 13 for failure to appear in court, but says she spent more than a week in Silverdale as not a suspect, but as a victim.
"I've cried for help. I've been begging them. I've been calling my husband. They deactivated my pin," said Pullum. That's in reference to the number she has to contact the outside world.
Pullum says she got the help she needed after she called the National Prison Rape Elimination Act Resource Center.
Within an hour, she says a lieutenant took her to the hospital.
On Thursday, CoreCivic spokesperson Brandon Bissell shared the following statement with us:
"An inmate-on-inmate assault at Silverdale Detention Facility occurred on August 18. Correctional officers and members of the incident response team responded to separate the inmates. Inmates involved in the incident were evaluated by medical and treated on site for minor injuries.
Our partners at the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office were notified immediately and facility staff and administration are cooperating fully with the investigation."
Depend on us to keep you updated as we learn more.