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A trial has started in a former jail social worker’s lawsuit alleging the warden at Kauai Community Correctional Center subjected female inmates to sexual humiliation and discrimination.

Carolyn Ritchie’s 2014 lawsuit says the warden forced women to describe their sexual pasts while being filmed. The lawsuit also alleges inmates were forced to watch rape films.

Her attorney, Margery Bronster, told jurors Tuesday that Ritchie was forced out of her job for trying to protect the women.

The state Department of Public Safety denies the allegations. Deputy Attorney General Bosko Petricevic says no one was forced to discuss anything. He says the warden showed legitimate mainstream movies depicting rape to discourage male inmates from committing that crime and to show female inmates how to reduce their risk of being victims.

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