A Storm Lake, Iowa woman is suing Cass County, Nebraska, saying officials did not respond properly to the abuse she endured in jail there. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of 27-year-old Claudia Leiva Deras. She claims she was attacked repeatedly by another inmate over several months in late 2009.
Leiva Deras didn't initially report the abuse because she feared her attacker. The lawsuit says that when she did report the abuse, officials refused to allow her to see a doctor.
She was being detained because of questions about her immigration status, which were later resolved.