Posts Tagged ‘prison rape’

Safety Dance: When A Sexual Assault Allegation Makes Hard Time Harder

Just after midnight on Sept. 8, 2008, D.C. police found Serbennia Chase hiding down the street from the Skylark Lounge strip club covered in her ex-boyfriend’s blood. Chase, who worked at the club as a dancer, admitted to stabbing the man in the neck with a knife outside the club. She was [...]

Prison Rape Standards Will Cost Us—and Save Inmates

Back in April, I reported on national standards proposed to end prison rape in the American justice system—and speculated as to whether the pricetag was too high for corrections facilities t commit to implementing them. Last week, the Department of Justice released a report from consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton detailing just how much the [...]

Eric Holder Misses Deadline For Implementing Prison Rape Standards

Today, June 23, 2010, marks the deadline for Attorney General Eric Holder to finalize the national standards for corrections facilities to address prison rape. And unless Holder's doing some serious cramming right now, he's going to miss it.

The Morning After: Condoms for Kids Edition

* My Sex Professor's Debby Herbenick on a condom-distribution program at a Provincetown, Mass. elementary school.

The Morning After: “SUV of Male Privilege” Edition

More from Tiger Beatdown on manlit: This time, Garland Grey on the role of privilege in co-opting Jane Austen, a la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies:
Austen had to work very hard to hammer out a structure and a flow and a rhythm to the story, and you pull up next to that process in [...]

Can We Stop Prison Rape By Instituting “Weight Classes”?

This week marks the beginning of the next stage in an extended, seven-year process to fulfill the directive of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003: to establish "zero-tolerance standard for the incidence of prison rape in prisons in the United States." Meanwhile, George Mason economist Bryan Caplan has proposed what he considers a quick [...]

10,000 Americans Tell the U.S. Government to Stop Prison Rape

Yesterday, the comment period closed on the standards proposed by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission on, well, how to eliminate prison rape. According to Just Detention International, over 10,000 people submitted comments in support of the proposed corrections standards, including 100 survivors of prison rape. Press release after the jump.

We Know the Way to End Prison Rape. Is It Too Expensive?

Nine months ago, the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission released a report of proposed national standards for the "prevention, detection, and response to sexual abuse in confinement settings"—in other words, a path toward ending prison rape.
In order to achieve that goal, the commission has laid down a list of proposed standards for U.S. facilities housing [...]

Prison Rape and the Problem With Statistics

In a recent Sexist thread, a couple of commenters got to arguing a grim set of statistics. The question at hand: Which group experiences more rapes, men in prison or women outside of prison?
In order to resolve this question, one commenter referred to the "Prison Rape" Wikipedia page, which reads: "Stop Prisoner Rape, Inc. [...]

“Denim Day” Counts All the Ways We Excuse Sexual Assault

Today is Denim Day, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about all forms of sexual violence. I love Denim Day's "No Excuses" campaign [PDF], which illustrates a dozen ways that people manage to excuse sexual assault, blame victims, and ignore that the crimes even happen. The effectiveness of the campaign lies in its relentlessness—it [...]

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