A prisoner is under the control and mercy of gangs of violent felons, all day long, unable to escape. Under the guardianship and responsibility of government. Feminist anti-rape activists are not concerned about the grave injustice of prison rape, which is on-going long term year-long power, humiliation, and sexual violence. Prison rape accusations get ignored. Even "voluntary" sex in prison is often rape, due to power differential and serious consequences of saying "no". Why this deafening silence of the feminists regarding prison rape? Only Human-Stupidity points out that prison rape epidemic is only the tip of the iceberg: has a hidden prison-rape-by-intimidation part larger then the know forcible rape cases.
The following article shows a light at the end of the tunnel. US authorities are starting to take the prison rape epidemic more seriously.
This is a lengthy 8 page report. Read it all, don’t get stuck on the first page only
I served time in the Colorado Department of Corrections, and it was there that I was repeatedly raped, assaulted and extorted by members of a large, notorious gang." [...]
"I spent well over a year trying to get protection by writing to officials," he said. "My efforts to report were mostly fruitless — and often put me at greater risk. Because I am openly gay, officials blamed me for the attacks. They said as a homosexual I should expect to be targeted by one gang or another."
Howard didn’t tell the whole squalid story. He didn’t mention the evidence of staff involvement with the gang that made his efforts to seek protection even dicier. He didn’t go into how, once he finally started "naming names," as prison investigators demanded, they accused him of crying rape to cover up his own criminal activities. He barely referred to his last day as a Colorado prisoner, when, he says, he was put in a cell with one of the gang leaders and sexually assaulted again. Despite being a bare summary, the statement was still graphic — and powerful. At times his voice choked up, but Howard kept reading.
Prison rape is comparable to being locked for years in Mr. Fritzl’s rape dungeon. Years under the power of rapists with nowhere to escape. Prison rape is aggravated because
- the victim is under the threat of violence and repeated rape for hours, days, weeks, months, and years. No escape possible
- At all times, while sleeping, while in the shower. The threat is always there
- gangs gang up on him. No chance to resist.
- The perpetrators continuously have power over the victim. It is not a "one shot crime". It is constant and repeated.
- Many many prison rape victims are never seen as rape victims. They probably don’t even see themselves as rape victims. Many just give in and become long term sex slaves in order to avoid gang rapes and gang beatings.
- females that suffer the slightest, barely noticeable, coercion, are rape victims
- I have never heard of "voluntary" sex slaves in prison being called "rape victims". By feminist rape standards, a prisoner is unable to consent to sex, because he has no safe option to say "no". Unless he is willing to fight to death, is a member of a gang, etc, his "no" just puts him into more danger
- the victim is under the power and protection of the state. The government is locking him together with felons, the government is responsible for his safety
- There is a popular misconception: "he is a criminal, he deserves to get ass-raped". Problems
- this is cruel and unusual punishment through the back door.
- If you think people deserve corporal punishment, be honest and adopt the Sharia or something similar.Stop Prison Rape! Legalize Corporal Punishment (Whipping)
- In the case of legalized flogging, the corporal punishment follows due process and does not transmit Aids.
- Usually the serious criminal gangs prey upon the first time light criminal (drug users, people who did not pay their parking tickets). So the wrong ones get punished
Clearly double standards for female and male rape victims
- a female only needs to allege rape once and is believed. This would be a good rule to introduce in jails. In the case of jail, a rape allegation should at least suffice to get the alleged victim into a secure cell of his choice.
- Even if she got herself drunk out of her own will, the guilt is 100% the male’s
- The slightest perceived power potential makes totally consensual male on female sex "rape". If he is the boss, if she is slightly incapacitated, if she is an adolescent minor, any slightest power differential makes consensual sex rape. What about being a young cute artistic non-fighting white boy in a prison dominated by black and hispanic gangs of tough boys. That automatically should make any consensual sex act "rape"
- As a possible solution: Human-Stupidity would suggest that in such cases a counselling session followed by a notarized declaration would be necessary to declare that sex is voluntary. Human-Stupidity has been proposing such a declaration to avoid potential victimization and thus rape charges in many of the teacher-student, boss-secretary, or adult-adolescent consensual sex relationship. This is just to show potential alternatives to the way things are handled now. It certainly deserves further analysis.
- following quote show the desperate situation of a person threatened by a big gang. It is quite obvious, that others can fold easily and just become obedient sex slaves, with no complaints. Very strange. Feminists complain about the lack in rape reporting among females. The lack of rape reporting among male prison inmates has not even become an issue yet.
In mid-February 2005, Howard made up an excuse to see his case manager, Jerry Morris. Terrified of being labeled a snitch and what Ghost might do to him, he didn’t say anything to Morris about the assaults. [...]
Howard’s journey through Colorado’s prisons points to another problem the commission report scarcely mentions: the utter indifference of many staffers. Howard met with several case managers and supervisors at Sterling and filed grievances over his placement there. The officials have divergent stories about what happened in those meetings and how explicit Howard was about his plight. But their tendency to downplay his complaints and insist that he "name names" helps to explain why the system’s number of reported assaults is so low.[...]
"He was also informed if he did have problems he would be asked to go on tape as to who was threatening him…He stated he would never do this and would pay them off first. He then left my office." [...]
In a written response denying the grievance, Clarkson acknowledged that Backer had been mistaken about requiring a taped statement. But Howard would have to identify who was bothering him before any action could be taken.
"We do have to have names," Clarkson wrote. "We cannot keep you away from all 211 members. We do not place inmates in administrative segregation to protect them from other inmates, so that is not an option, either."
But naming names, Howard insisted, would only expose him to more trouble. [...]
Howard understood. "My family had never done anything to anybody," he says. "To know they could reach out and touch my parents — that was a big move on their part."[...]
"Even after naming all the names, they just sent me back to my cell," Howard says now. "I told a captain these people were going to kill me if I didn’t come up with $300,000 by March. Her response was, ‘Let’s see what happens in March.’"
Reluctantly, it seems, administrators made note of Howard’s "custody issues," listing a couple dozen inmates he should not be housed with, and shipped him off to the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility. He stayed there for several months, filing a blizzard of grievances and complaining about sightings of gang members who might retaliate against him. One grievance challenged DOC’s unwritten rule of making cell assignments by race; Howard figured he would be better off with a Hispanic or African-American cellie than a white one who might be in touch with the 211 Crew.
But word of his snitching at Sterling eventually drifted into Arkansas Valley, and Howard was transferred again. This time he was sent to one of the most violent prisons in the state.
"I was sent to Limon, God knows why," he says. "It was already all over the compound that 211 was going to kill me."
He was at Buena Vista only a few days when a 211 member from Sterling who’d been directly involved in the threats against Howard was moved into the same unit. That night he was subjected to a torrent of screams and taunts from neighboring cells. "They were calling me a snitch and a whore and a fag," he says. "They were making arrangements to sell me to the black dudes on the tier. The officer station is right there. They could hear it, but they didn’t react at all."
Raped and extorted by a prison gang, Scott Howard was called a "drama queen" by corrections officials