If I were to ask you to name a country with the highest prison rape statistics…what would you say?
The United States would most likely not be one of your answers, but you would be terribly wrong. The U.S. has one of the most crowded prison systems and one of the high prison rape statistics compared to other countries. The problem continues to be complete LACK of awareness by the outside world.
Male victims make up 86%, while women make up 13% of prison rape victims. The statistics of male survivors are as follows: 54% were sexually assaulted by another prisoner, 17% were assaulted by a prison official, 3% by a non-custody staff member, and 25% refused to reveal who assaulted them. The statistics of female survivors are as follows: 12% were sexually assaulted by another prisoner, 48% were assaulted by a prison official, 26% by a non-custody staff member, and 14% refused to reveal who assaulted them. Out of these men and women, 6% of them were assaulted for the first time when they were under the age of 21, 36% were assaulted by more than one person, 37% were assaulted more than once, only 51% reported the assault, and an atrocious 3% of the reported assaults resulted in discipline to the abuser.
The following story illustrates what goes on everyday in prisons all the around the U.S.:
16 year-old Rodney Hulin was sentenced to eight years in an adult facility in Texas for setting a dumpster on fire. In prison, he became an easy target, with a 5’2”, 125-pound frame. He was raped multiple times by other inmates and reported the assaults to doctors and prison officials on numerous occasions, pleading for help. In particular, using the prison’s established administrative procedures, he requested to be removed from the general prison population. His pleas were rejected. Prison officials decided that Hulin did not meet the “emergency grievance criteria” and told him that “[t]his happens every day, learn to deal with it. It’s no big deal.” Unable to tolerate any further abuse, Hulin hanged himself one year later, and died after lying in a coma for four months.
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