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  •  if we're talking about prison rape (5+ / 0-)

    "Men are almost always the perpetrators" doesn't apply to anywhere near the extent it does outside.

    Only about 1/5 of prison rape is adults, the rest is kids. And 80% of the perpetrators there are guards. And since the juvenile system has so many more female guards...

    An estimated 92.4% of all youth who reported staff sexual
    misconduct said they were victimized by female facility staff
    (table 14).
    There's a lot of reasons that % might be skewed, but none that would bring it down to almost never.
    •  The statistics on female guards sexually... (5+ / 0-)
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      ...assaulting juveniles I hadn't seen. As you say, that would take a lot of unskewing to get the numbers even close to matching my comment regarding perpetrators. Thanks for the link.

      As for the idea that rapes of adults in prison are only 1/5 of the total, however, I have to demur. A study in 2003 concluded juveniles in adult prisons are five times as likely to be assaulted as adults, but that's not the same as saying 80% of rapes in adult prisons are of juveniles.

      In fact, 10,000 juveniles are in adult prisons (to our national shame). About 70,000 are incarcerated in juvenile facilities. But 2.27 million adults are incarcerated. Studies have found 1.6% to 2% of adults reporting sexual assaults in prison, probably a low figure, maybe very low. About 8% of juveniles, according to the BJS link, report sexual assaults, probably also low. But using the lowest adult figure, for juveniles to constitute 80% of rapes would mean their population would have to be 225% of their existing total.

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      by Meteor Blades on Sun May 04, 2014 at 10:36:24 PM PDT

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      •  You always want to seperate out the federal (1+ / 0-)
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        stuff from the state stuff, because the feds have a whole world of extra resources that allow for much more effective "classification". I didn't like my eight years with the feds, but I didn't really live in fear either.

        There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

        by oldpotsmuggler on Mon May 05, 2014 at 11:04:56 AM PDT

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      •  An important fact that you left out (0+ / 0-)

        is the reluctance to report a rape  in a prison. I worked in a prison and taught after I quit as a guard. I worked for GEO. An offender who reports a rape is more likely to be punished by other offenders. It isn't unusual for  correction officers  to view the victim differently after the report. Very few guards like having to do more work and the  reporting  of a rape involves a lot of paperwork.

        I had prisoners who alerted me about possible acting out in my classes and I was always able to thwart the people who were plotting it.  That was viewed differently by the   students. This was not viewed as "being a snitch".  The offenders saw it as protection for me. Anyone who did act out or planned it, were 'taken care of' later in the pods where the offenders lived. Sometimes  I never knew it until afterwards.  I didn't have a lot of problems in class.

        I don't know the percentage of rapes that don't get reported but my guess is the numbers are off.

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        by weezilgirl on Mon May 05, 2014 at 02:19:53 PM PDT

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