December 2012

US Prison Rape – Redux

by Limbic on December 21, 2012

I subscribe to the brilliant BBC Documentary podcast feed, that presents all documentaries on the BBC in a podcast. 

The other morning I saw one called “US Prison Rape” , the description read: “Linda Pressly investigates why rape and sexual abuse is so common in America’s huge prison system – and asks if new measures to fight it will succeed….”. 

I thought the BBC had finally picked up on the absolute horror that is the widespread mass rape in US prisons. 

Well guess what? The documentary was about, but only rape of female inmates (usually by correctional officers). 

Now this is pretty dire, but the problem is absolutely dwarfed by the scale and severity of the male rape problem in US prisons, the topic of one of my most popular posts (“Mating Calls“)

They did not utter a single word about male rape. Come on BBC, even the Guardian caught on (11 years after my post mind you), asking “Is the US the only country where more men are raped than women?

Listening to the BBC you would think that prison rape was all about women being rapes and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) was brought in to address it. 

How could they have an entire radio documentary and not mention the hundreds of thousands of male victims? 

The documentary: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20586070

See also: 

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/10/12/rape-in-americas-prisons/

http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/05/17/us-new-prison-rape-standards-offer-landmark-protection

http://nplusonemag.com/raise-the-crime-rate

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