Physical and sexual assault are part of the prison experience. Although prevalence evidence is growing, less is known about circumstances surrounding and resulting from these incidents. This article presents an analysis of approximately 2, physical and sexual victimizations reported by a random sample of 6, male inmates. Emotional reactions to assaults were experienced by virtually all victims. Context information is vital in the development and implementation of prevention and therapeutic interventions. It is customary to think of prisons as violent environments.
No Escape: Male Rape in U.S. Prisons - Predators and Victims
Jump to navigation Skip navigation. Dorothy was convicted of murdering her husband and sentenced to life in prison after enduring years of severe mental and physical abuse throughout their marriage. Growing up, Dorothy had never thought she would be in prison, but she also had never thought she would be the victim of the terrible violence inflicted by her husband. When Dorothy first met Dustin, she thought he was the best thing that ever happened to her. Having grown up on an Indian reservation in upstate New York, Dorothy could only dream about a life in which she would want for nothing. The only girl in a family of four children, Dorothy was doted on by both parents, but was especially close to her father. A seasonal worker, her father found it difficult to make ends meet; yet, he was a strong patriarch who showered Dorothy with attention and affection.
Words From Prison: Sexual Abuse in Prison
She stepped backward in her cell toward the door, where Correctional Officer Israel Trevino waited with waist restraints. That inmate said Trevino squeezed her buttocks over her clothing while escorting her and tried to get her to expose her breasts and vagina. Trevino was investigated after an inmate complained about the groping to her prison social worker, who reported the allegation. Prison officials fired Trevino in for sexual misconduct. Prison system spokeswoman Dana Simas responded in a written statement that officials moved to protect incarcerated women when the allegations surfaced.
Certain prisoners are targeted for sexual assault the moment they enter a penal facility: their age, looks, sexual orientation, and other characteristics mark them as candidates for abuse. A clear example is that of Dee Farmer, a young preoperative transsexual with "overtly feminine characteristics" who was placed in regular housing in a maximum-security federal prison. Supreme Court--arguing that as a transsexual she was extremely likely to face sexual assault in prison. But a prisoner does not have to look like a woman to be vulnerable to such abuse. Rather, a broad range of factors are correlated with increased vulnerability to rape, some related to perceived femininity, some entirely unrelated.