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Prison rape: Should more be done to stop it ?

Bronx at Night 2010/02/27 04:28:20
YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
NO - Prisoners should have thought about the consequences before the crime.
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The US Justice Department has stated that rape in prisons is commonplace, where 1 in 20 prisoners have reported being raped while behind bars, and perhaps even more are raped but do not report for fear of embarrassment or retaliation. Prison rape victims also face higher rates of AIDS and STD infection.

Some organizations like the ACLU, Human Rights Watch, and Just Detention International call for more to be done to stop this by giving prisoners greater access to lawyers and the courts.

DO YOU AGREE ? Should more be done to try to stop rape in prisons ?


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Why Does Popular Culture Treat Prison Rape As a Joke?

Our attitudes towards sexual abuse in prison leads to a culture of permissiveness that destroys lives.

August 17, 2009

Believe it: There exists a board game called "Don’t Drop the Soap" in which players are tasked with fighting their way through a prison. John Sebelius designed it as a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is the son of Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services.

Gillius, Inc., the company selling Sebelius’ game online, promises a certificate of authenticity to the first 3,000 purchasers of the game that invites players to "steal painkillers from the nurse's desk in the Infirmary, avoid being cornered by the Aryans in the Shower Room, fight off Latin Kings in Gang War, and try not to smoke your entire stash in The Hole.

"The artistry of each handcrafted piece is matched with comparable humor & intelligence on every card. Stack your smokes, sharpen your shank, and get ready for an experience that only someone on the outside could appreciate." So goes the game’s promotional copy.

It’s certainly not the first time that rape in prisons is spun for humor (though perhaps it’s the first time that such humor is alleged as intelligent). Untold numbers of YouTube videos, Hollywood movies, and late night talk show monologues play off the soap meme. Meanwhile, Andy Borowitz just released the "Bernie Madoff edition" of his 2003 book, Who Moved My Soap?: The CEO's Guide to Surviving Prison.

This cartooning of abuse renders moot any sensitive and serious response to it. It’s also unique to abuse among male inmates; the ubiquitous caricature comes alongside a relative silence about rape in women’s prisons. There’s no soap-dropping counterpart "joke" referring to the abuse of female inmates. Ultimately, these distorted punch-line/silence memes enforce each other and perpetuate the reality of prison rape.

This isn’t news to Just Detention International, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles and Washington D.C. Once known as Stop Prison Rape, the survivor-led organization has challenged the perceptions, practices, and consequences of rape in prisons for twenty-nine years.

"Humor is part of the cultural attitude that (prison) is the one place where rape is okay," said Linda McFarlane, JDI’s deputy executive director.

McFarlane added that, "Jokes target the pain of a particular group of people and dehumanizes them. … It layers the discourse with a veil of acceptance."

This dehumanization trades on the well-being of the thirty-some individuals that write letters to JDI each week, telling their stories of abuse and asking for help. A 2007 survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that nearly 1 in 20 inmates -- more than 60,500 people -- experienced some form of sexual abuse in the previous twelve months. That’s considered a conservative estimate since many survivors prefer not to admit the abuse they’ve suffered. As well, the study did not include people involuntarily detained in juvenile facilities, halfway houses, or immigration centers.

Given the prevalence of prison rape -- and the fact that there are 7.3 million people in prisons, jails and halfway houses across the U.S., most of which will return to their communities and all of which have a human right to safety -- the epidemic won national attention with the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003. PREA, which passed the House and Senate unanimously, was the first federal action that addressed prison rape. It convened the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission to delve deeper into the crisis and come up with a response.

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  • YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Dark Demonic™ ★ The Original SodaHead Guru ★
    +8
    That being said, you'd think it would be an added deterrent for criminals not to pursue their law breaking, but I figure they must be okay with the possibility for them to still go ahead with it.

    Maybe they should just issue some of this:

    rape prisons deterrent criminals pursue law breaking figure possibility issue

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  • Vince McEnery 2010/03/24 05:06:35
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Vince McEnery
    +2
    They need to segregate prisoners with AIDS to protect other prisoners from being also getting AIDS while in Jail. This would be a good start to protecting prisoners from sexual violence. Being raped is bad enough but many prisoners go into jail for minor offenses and then get raped by prisoners with AIDS and then wind up with what is essentially a Death Sentence
  • sarah 2010/03/13 19:00:22 (edited)
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    sarah
    +1
    Just because prisoners are convicted of a felony crime doesn't mean that they should not have protection against sexual violation while they are serving time for a crime they did or did not committ. BY THE WAY 2 WRONGS DO NOT MAKE IT RIGHT!!!
  • triskaideka 2010/03/09 00:43:50
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    triskaideka
    +1
    If someone rapes a fellow prisoner, 10 years should be added to their sentence. If they have a life sentence, then they should just go to the chair.
  • Sarah BN-0 2010/03/08 03:10:08
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Sarah BN-0
    +1
    Juvie isn't fun.
  • Juliettecr 2010/03/02 22:05:18
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Juliettecr
    +2
    BUT I don't like the ideas and power that those organization would come up with on it. It would simply mean more about powerplay, wasted time and funds, and a great increase to the taxpayers; with MUCH less to the actual cause of it. I grew up in a neighborhood where at least half the kids I knew in the neighborhood ended up in prison; 4 of them committed suicide, and 2 of them were brothers, and if the rumor was told to me correctly, they did it for what had happen to them, sexually, while they were in prison. The oldest of the two brothers left a wife and 2 young kids. Then the youngest of the two followed his brother's footsteps about a few years later.
  • cassidysf 2010/03/01 23:49:20
    None of the above
    cassidysf
    +1
    i dont know how i feel about it. i wonder are they in there for raping? now that i think about it i think more should be done to prevent it.
  • dick cassidysf 2010/03/03 18:09:23
    dick
    Yep rape should be a capital offense and the offenders need to be shot and fed to the hogs! That would cut down on the guys that can't control their urges!
  • cassidysf dick 2010/03/03 20:33:58
    cassidysf
    very nice. i think i would prefer to see them suffer for life, though. maybe put them in an all enclosed cell and forget about them.
  • dick 2010/03/01 16:46:03
    None of the above
    dick
    +1
    For one thing we should stop storing violent offenders away as though there was going to be a shortage of them someday we should look more towards saving the one time nonviolent offenders and bringing them back into society as peaceful citizens and plant the others as the trash they are! After looking at your examples is there some reason that they are both hispanic and probably illegal? Hmm considering the large part of mexican citizens in our jails how about if we put them in a prison right on the border and when their time is up release them into mexico!
  • imtoast 2010/02/28 23:41:17
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    imtoast
    +2
    Absolutely.
  • Revolutionary Girl 2010/02/28 16:46:14 (edited)
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Revolutionary Girl
    +6
    There are men in there whose crimes weren't nearly as bad as some of the hardcore criminals and this is horrible that they are being victimized by this scum. A lot of correction officers are not in a "mentally stable" kind of mind either and they will maliciously allow this to happen by playing "GOD". This is wrong.

    However, for the ones who are known rapists....well, let the chips fall where they may.
  • jacose Revolut... 2010/03/01 04:07:18
    jacose
    +2
    i just got through doing a 7-year bit and of all seven prisons i was in, from maximum to minimum, i knew of only one actual rape...but you're right about the guards...they're inept like any other government worker
  • Revolut... jacose 2010/03/01 04:17:06
    Revolutionary Girl
    +3
    I'm glad you agree. It's another example of our government being corrupt in this way by letting these "abuse of power" people get in there and turning their heads to what goes on...

    I know there are men who were in prison and were found innocent later of the crimes but came out totally ruined by situations such as this that victimized them.
  • jacose Revolut... 2010/03/01 04:18:43
    jacose
    +3
    another fine example of our system at work
  • Revolut... jacose 2010/03/01 04:20:52
    Revolutionary Girl
    +3
    Yep, I just saw a documentary about it just recently...it's nationwide...
  • triskai... Revolut... 2010/03/09 00:45:09
    triskaideka
    +3
    LOL stick all the rapists in an area together, separate from everyone else. I LIKE this idea. *evil grin*
  • Revolut... triskai... 2010/03/09 01:14:33
    Revolutionary Girl
    +1
    I do believe the hardcore criminals, especially "sex crimes" should all be together...it would be just desserts for these people.
  • Hannie 2010/02/28 03:32:16
    None of the above
    Hannie
    +2
    Child molesters/rapists, and sex offenders deserve it. If you are going to force sexual actions upon an unwilling person, they should be thrown in a cell with Big Bubba.
  • Lady Suspicious 2010/02/27 22:48:04
    NO - Prisoners should have thought about the consequences before the crime.
    Lady Suspicious
    +2
    If they decide to commit crime, then they clearly want to go to prison and get raped.
  • Beccy 2010/02/27 22:27:51
    None of the above
    Beccy
    +4
    I think that prisons do the best they can to protect the prisoners from rape right down to the design of the prisons. One thing that has happened is that do to budget cuts many prisons are now understaffed. Folks we can't have it all, low taxes and public safety.
  • Revolut... Beccy 2010/02/28 16:38:18 (edited)
    Revolutionary Girl
    +2
    Some may but I knew of a Correction Officer who enjoyed letting this happened. He "played" God a lot, and still does from what I hear! Charges should have been brought against him for this...

    Besides, consider the source..these prisons have "mentally unbalanced and hypocritical" staff working for them too.
  • Beccy Revolut... 2010/03/01 03:09:12
    Beccy
    +3
    I almost went to work in the prisons and am so glad I didn't. One of my friends worked there and she got hard. It's not an easy job to work.
  • Revolut... Beccy 2010/03/01 03:21:05
    Revolutionary Girl
    +2
    Right. I know there are some Correction Officers who are responsible, mentally stable, and don't abuse their position because I've known them but I also have known a few that never should have been in that kind of line of work with their type of attitude and they used their position to intimidate, to be vindictive and to mess with the prisoner's heads.

    They should have been fired and charges brought against them...

    Some of them are just as "sick" and evil and filthy as some of the prisoners.
  • Beccy Revolut... 2010/03/01 23:07:31
    Beccy
    +2
    I agree with you on that one. I had worked in mental health before I went there. One of my coworkers said that working with mentally ill people was my calling but at the time I didn't want it to be. After I saw the people lined up for their meds I knew I had to do something to keep them out of prison.
  • Khristin Beccy 2013/01/18 15:46:49 (edited)
    Khristin
    +9
    Actually most rapes and abuse are done by the gaurds and staff. The people who should be protecting them from abuse. If you research tutwieler womens prison in alabama it is said that most of the women are raped by gaurds and staff, some even became pregnant. The warden is said to know about these things and most turn a blind eye. The women who tell are put in solitary confinement or get aggresive abuse. Its also said that it cost more to overlook it then to take more precautions to prevent it or imvestigate
  • Beccy Khristin 2013/01/19 00:03:16
    Beccy
    That is really sad. I do think women have a harder time when they go to prison.
  • joejoe 2010/02/27 22:22:57
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    joejoe
    +2
    The reason enough isn't being done is because it mainly concerns men, and our society just doesn't care about the welfare of men. There are far more many male prisoners than female, yet I see more articles about improving the lot of female prisoners. American men are beginning to get fed up with the disrespect and indifference we constantly run into.
  • triskai... joejoe 2010/03/09 00:47:22
    triskaideka
    +1
    It's true... Men aren't given as much concern as women are. I think part of it may be that men like to act tough and pretend like everything is just a joke... until something happens to them personally, of course. But then they are embarrassed and prefer to keep their traumas a secret. No guy wants to admit to being made someone else's bitch. Unfortunately, more men are going to have to be vocal about this issue before dramatic changes are made. Women can't speak for them.
  • C. C. Rider 2010/02/27 22:07:50 (edited)
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    C. C. Rider
    +3
    Rape is against the law...even with a bunch who broke the law...it does not make it right....we have WAAAAYYY to many people in jail over nothing..it is now a money making industry for the gov't...too bad..'cause that is where the real criminals are...(ps...i'm working on that profile...I get razed on it all the time lol)
  • Rashel 2010/02/27 21:38:06
    None of the above
    Rashel
    +2
    It really depends on what they did, why their in prison......Because I had a friend who her step dad raped her, and she wishes he was raped every single night.
  • doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~... 2010/02/27 21:21:29
    None of the above
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
    +3
    House rapists with rapists, house killers with killers. House lesser crimes in another place. Then leave them alone and see what happens. It would be no problem then
  • Grapthar's Hammer 2010/02/27 21:06:54
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Grapthar's Hammer
    +1
    If we incarcerate any individual for ANY crime, how can we consider ourselves morally responsible if we allow a crime to be committed against that person ? We are imprisoning a person for a crime and that is their punishment. If we allow a crime to be perpetrated against them while they are in our care, we are just as guilty of a crime. Prison rape is, for some reason, becoming almost expected as part of the punishment. That is unacceptable.
  • dick Graptha... 2010/03/01 16:50:19
    dick
    The problem is that we keep to many in our care that just need to die and our society doesn't have the common sense to make it happen!
  • Merl 2010/02/27 19:12:00
    NO - Prisoners should have thought about the consequences before the crime.
    Merl
    +2
    Our justice system is the joke, rape a twelve year old girl and become a isolated inmate for the 4 years you serve out of the 20 year sentence you recieved. Why is that inmate isolated, because he would be killed in prison. The death penalty is a joke,unless you are in Texas. Rape and murder should be a common place where you house rapists and murders. If people want to maintain a normal life do not commit crime. Pretty simple.
  • Dwanye 2010/02/27 19:08:19
    NO - Prisoners should have thought about the consequences before the crime.
    Dwanye
    +2
    cum on they deserve wat they get but here an advice for u
    don't drop the bar of soap
  • Israelite 2010/02/27 18:20:44 (edited)
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Israelite
    +2
    when you lock up a animal you become responsible for that animal safety and well being . i am surprised the govt hasn't been sued over this .as they are responsible for the safety for the prisoners.
  • dick Israelite 2010/03/01 16:52:26
    dick
    But why is it that it is ok to execute a dog because they don't want to pay to keep it locked up but we save murderers and rapists?
  • Billyk75 2010/02/27 18:07:08
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Billyk75
    +2
    The only problem is the prison code. It's very dangerous to snitch.
  • Candi 2010/02/27 17:40:40
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Candi
    +2
    I understand there is a punishment to breaking the law. But there are chances where innocence people are sent to jail. I believe that more should be done in prison to prevent. Those same people rape sometimes are release into the general public.
  • Jay0Byrd 2010/02/27 17:29:09
    YES - More should be done to stop rape in prisons.
    Jay0Byrd
    +2
    In the Women's Prisons, the guards and Male staff have been known to rape the prisoners many times, and the Male prisons it's usually inmates raping other inmates, the big fish get the little fish... I think when a person is giving time for their crime, whether it be 2-weeks or 20-years, a Rape to that person should not part of the punishment during the sentence... sometimes innocent people wind-up in jails or prison, so think about this all you Honest Pillars` of the community... could you end up in a joint as a correctional center at No fault of your own? would you want the fringe benefits of daily Sex with Bubba` with a `shank held against one's neck while doing your time?

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