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NCJ Number: 229899 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Victimization and Requests for Assistance in Inmates' Letters to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission
Journal: Federal Probation  Volume:73  Issue:3  Dated:December 2009  Pages:57-61
Author(s): Richard Tewksbury; Margaret J. Mahoney
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 5
Document: HTML
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the correspondence from inmates and inmate family members to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) between June 2004 and February 2008, in which inmate sexual victimization and associated abuse were reported.
Abstract: The qualitative data obtained from an analysis of the correspondence show that the most common pattern of reported sexual victimization was being sexually assaulted by a correctional staff member. This finding confirms the results of the current literature, which indicates that staff sexual misconduct and harassment is more often reported by inmates than inmate-on-inmate sexual contacts (Beck and Harrison, 2006, 2007). The incidents reported in the correspondence to the NPREC included both nonconsensual sexual activity and abusive sexual contacts. Physical assault was noted when the report included an inmate being hit or beaten with an object or fists, kicked, or spit on. Inmates who reported being victimized by both staff members and other inmates (15.2 percent) were most often victimized verbally (50 percent) by correctional staff, followed by physical abuse (33.3 percent) and then sexually (1.7 percent). Inmates who were also victimized by other inmates were all victimized sexually, and 33.3 percent were also victimized physically. Of the correspondents who contacted the NPREC, 12.1 percent were reporting their knowledge of the victimization of other inmates. The data used for this study were found in personal letters from inmates to NPREC as well as inmates’ family members, along with e-mail from inmates' family members. The correspondence contained reports of 33 individual cases. Of these, 3 involved females, 26 males, and 4 inmates who identified themselves as transgender (all male to female). The inmates were incarcerated in institutions in 10 States, with 17 being from California. 2 tables and 33 references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Female inmates; Female victims; Inmate personal security; Inmate staff relations; Inmate victims; Male rape victims; Prisoner sexual assault
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