REMEMBER… 95% of people incarcerated WILL be returning to society. Who they are when they get out will reflect greatly how they were treated while inside. Not only are adult men and women victims of rape, most of whom are incarcerated for non-violent crimes, and teens are especially high on the victim list, some committing suicide as they cannot deal with the abuse or after effects. Many of these rapes occur in jail and over just 1 or 2 days of incarceration, changing the victims lives forever.
“The U.S. Department of Justice recently released its first-ever estimate of the number of inmates who are sexually abused in America each year. According to the department’s data, which are based on nationwide surveys of prison and jail inmates as well as young people in juvenile detention centers, at least 216,600 inmates were victimized in 2008 alone. [The number is a great deal higher now.] Contrary to popular belief, most of the perpetrators were not other prisoners but staff members—corrections officials whose job it is to keep inmates safe. On average, each victim was abused between three and five times over the course of the year. The vast majority were too fearful of reprisals to seek help or file a formal complaint.” (Emphasis added. June 2011, Reason Magazine, “Rape Factories” View full article here.)
“Severe psychosis is the most common outcome of prisoner rape. Sexual assault can often break a prisoner’s spirit. In the advanced stages of rape trauma syndrome, a survivor’s mood often swings between deep depression and rage. Prisoner rape may be the quickest, most cost-effective way of producing a sociopath.” (Frank Wolf, Testimony Before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Washington, July 31, 2002)
Just Detention International is an organization seeking to end sexual abuse in jails and prisons.
Focus: All of JDI’s work takes place within the framework of international human rights laws. The sexual assault of detainees, whether committed by corrections staff or by inmates, is a crime and is recognized internationally as a form of torture. Cases of sexual abuse in detention are not rare, isolated incidents, but the result of a systemic failure to protect the safety of inmates. Victims of prisoner rape are left beaten and bloodied, contract HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and suffer severe psychological harm. Once released – and the vast majority of prisoners do eventually get out – they return to their communities with all of their physical and emotional scars.
Panel on Prison Rape Hears Victims’ Chilling Accounts
Prisoners Report Increase In Rape By Prison Staff (Text or audio)
Justice Department Report Shows Rise in Reports of Sexual Misconduct by Federal Prison Workers
Prison Rape ‘Widespread’ in U.S., Report Says
National Prison Rape Elimination Commission Study
“NO ESCAPE – MALE RAPE IN U.S. PRISONS”
6 MIN DOCUMENTARY SHORT HIGHLIGHTING CASE OF 17 YR OLD RODNEY HULIN
This documentary is about rape in prisons and highlights the case of 17 year old Rodney Hulin. Rodney was put in prison for starting a small fire in a dumpster. The judge wanted to set an example. (It was his first offense.) He was brutally beaten and raped repeatedly in prison, writing the warden several times begging for help. He was refused. Finally, not being able to live with the abuse any longer, he wrote a loving note to his parents and then killed himself. His prison social worker speaks in the video and tells of how she tried to get him help but was also refused.