Prison Rape


This phrase when heard is directly related to prison. Why is that one might ask, in this paper I will discuss prison rape and sexuality. I will discuss and clarify what prison rape and sexuality is as well as bring to light the different statistics and organizations related to the subject.
To begin, in prison rape, due to the gender-segregated nature of the prison system the perpetrator and victim are almost always the same sex. Prison sexuality deals with sexual relationships between confined individuals or those between a prisoner and a prison employee or other persons to whom prisoners have access. Since prisons are separated by gender, most sexual activity is conducted with a same-sex partner, often in contradiction to a person's normal social sexual orientation. Exceptions to this are sex with an employee of the opposite sex, as well as conjugal visits. According to Human Rights Watch in a 2001 report,[1] sexual slavery frequently poses as a consensual sexual relationship. Rape victims are often intimidated into feigning consent to sexual activity, to the point of becoming "slaves" and the figurative property of their rapists. This occurs in both male and female prisons.
Prospective slaveholders will sometimes use intimidating innuendo, as opposed to overt threats of violence, which the prospective slave unwillingly accepts, thereby disguising even from the enslaver, the coercive nature of the sexual activity. Slaves might not even see themselves as being coerced, if the enslavement is negotiated as repayment for a debt. Also, some consider themselves transformed into a homosexual. The report tells the story of an inmate coerced in this way.[3] It is argued that in prison, consent is inherently illusory.
Prison sexuality, often viewed as facultative or situational, shows quite similar dominance traits to those of apes, revealing similar relationship structures. Such animal-like behaviors are widely...