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NCJ Number: 97441 Find in a Library
Title: Issues in Prison Sexual Violence (From Prison Violence in America, P 89-96, 1985, Michael Braswell et al, ed. - See NCJ-97435)
Author(s): D Lockwood
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
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Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
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Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines some of the myths regarding sexual harassment in prisons, describes the emotional responses of inmates who have been sexually pressured, and discusses ways to address the problem.
Abstract: Studies of prison sexual behavior are reviewed, and the prevalence of problems created by sexual harassment is highlighted. Evidence is presented to debunk the myth that sexual aggressors are successful in victimizing their targets and that targets, after enough threats of physical force, become willing 'kids' of 'prison daddies.' Further, data presented contradict the notion that victims of prison sexual harassment, embittered by their experience, are a high risk for recidivism after their release. Evidence refutes the idea that sexual targets in prison are primarily child molesters or other 'low status' criminals. Emotions that accompany the target's experience are delineated, and fear is shown to be the most common reaction; anger, anxiety, and emotional upsets are also examined. Several methods for relieving the problem are discussed; for example, a plan of 'target hardening,' in which inmates are advised to change mannerisms that attract aggressors, is outlined. Further, the need for 'an infusion of morality' is highlighted, and the use of the Alternatives to Violence Project plan to reduce violence is recommended. General studies of violence, applied to prison sexual violence, are also recommended. Five references are listed.
Index Term(s): Institutional violence; Prisoner sexual assault; Sexual assault; Sexual harassment; Violence; Violent inmates
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