Sexual Abuse in US Immigration Prisons

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  1. [threadjack]
    Apparently, Mike Tyson recently made a statement on a TV show that he got a prison official pregnant while in jail. I think that in most U.S. states, sex between prison officials and inmates is statutory rape?
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  2. Statutory rape is generally refers to underage. I think if you rape someone who can’t consent for other reasons (like they are in your custody) its just called rape. But yes, its pretty much considered rape everywhere in the U.S. Probably why said prison official didn’t come forward to claim child support or get on the news or somesuch. (Well I assume she didn’t from your post, but…)

  3. Doug S.: One Bureau of Justice Statistics’ report(*) on prison rape I read a while ago calls it “staff sexual misconduct” when there is sexual contact between prisoners and prison employees. The same report found out that a largest part of sexual abuse/violence/misconduct against male prisoners were from prison staff – and the majority of those again were perpetrated by female staff.

    Human Right’s Watch have criticised BJS of their use of the term “staff sexual misconduct” (**).

    By contrast the report found the opposite result for female prisoners – the majority of sexual abuse/violence came from fellow inmates – most of them other women (as only a very few of the surveyed facilities were co-ed and those who were did not have a higher rate of sexual abuse and violence than those who were not.

    So it seems like what happens in prisons when it comes to sexual abuse/violence is markedly different than what the common perception is. Something one also has seen when it comes to DV and sexual abuse/violence outside aa prison context as well.

    * http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/svpjri0809.pdf
    ** http://www.hrw.org/news/2007/12/15/us-federal-statistics-show-widespread-prison-rape

  4. I’ve noticed lately that there has been a lot of posts on social justice blogs saying something to the effect of: “well, it’s at least a start, but (dot dot dot)”. It’s incredibly frustrating the snails pace at which this VERY minor victories of human rights are achieved. There seems to be at the heart of most issues a stubborn view not to rock the boat. Fuck the boat. The figure of 180 men reported sexual assault must be woefully wrong – as ozy pointed out. It just makes me feel so helpless that we are meant to feel grateful for the minuscule crumbs thrown our way in order to achieve social justice.

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