Statistically speaking someone is being raped every two minutes, which means that women and adolescents are left being traumatized. Men are not free from this horror. Most rapes of men occur in adolescent years as opposed to adulthood, but it does happen. However most men do not come forward and admit any thing which makes it hard to put together statistics on the male gender. So for the remainder of this paper my information will be about how rape victims such as women.
Sexual Abuse has gained an outrageous amount of attention as it quickly inclines to the top concerns of the prison system. Officials have been severely struggling as surveys display the number of sexual assaults with no regard of the person’s age, gender, or race. Officers and other staffs have been engaging in sexual activities with inmates undermining the rules and regulation of the system, and ignoring the oath taken prior to becoming an officer. Inmates have been raped, had affairs, become pregnant and deeply involved with the staff of the prison. As a result of the struggles, officials generated the PREA Act, a policy that was put in place to help prosecute and punish officers who engaged in such behavior.
This crime makes the world cold and scary and ruins the lives of the victims. There are a few different types of rape, yet they all have the same effects on the victims. As often as this occurs in the world we live in today, rape is the easiest charge to make yet the most difficult to prove. “At least five rapes have been reported in Clarksville in the last six months. Although many of the cases have suspects listed, there have been arrests made in only one case (Thacker).” This is potentially enough time for the rapist, who has not been found yet, to rape a frightening number of other women.
The fight against rape in our communities is doomed to failure and will continue so as long as it ignores the network of training grounds for rapists: our prisons, jails and reform schools. For too long, we have turned away from the rape crisis in these institutions, which now hold 1.3 million men and boys. In most of them, rape is an entrenched tradition considered by prisoners a legitimate way to `prove their manhood' and to satisfy sexual needs and the brutal desire for power. The exact number of sexually assaulted prisoners is unknown, but a conservative estimate, based on two decades of surveys, is that “more than 290,000 males are sexually assaulted behind bars every year. By comparison, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that there are 135,000 rapes of women a year nationwide, though many groups believe the number is higher.”(Mezey and King, 1995).
The frightening reality is that all of the rape studies that have been done show that the perpetrator is usually someone that the victim knows and/or trusts; during the dating years, seventy to ninety percent of rapes are acquaintance or date rapes (Mackey). Even more terrifying is that only one-third of rapes are reported to law enforcement officials (Buddie & Miller). Victims are most likely afraid that by going through with the process of pressing charges on his/her perpetrator that they, in turn, will be blamed using one or more of the ridiculous rape myths, by society. The reality of rape is a startling combination of ignorance relating to rape myths, lack of reportings and convictions, severe post-traumatic feelings of the attack, and theories of rape, both psychological and sociological. Rape is such a difficult crime to prove because it usually comes down to the victim’s word against the perpetrator’s word.
It might take more than just counseling to someone get completely over the event. And even then, a victim will never completely let go of what happened. Depression involves self-doubt, or self-blame, which causes a negative effect on mental health, including promoting feelings of depression (Livescience). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is also linked with sexual harassment because the victim re-experiences trauma, and avoids people or things that may remind the victim of the event (Livescience). Of the women who had experienced a lot of sexual touching, fifteen percent had said they tried to kill themselves or have had suicidal thoughts (Livescience).
Out of these inmates, over 20 percent have been sexually assaulted by other prisoners or corrections staff. Despite the statistics collected from the Bureau of Justice, a more accurate occurrence of sexual attacks for all prisoners is likely much higher. The humiliation of being raped and sexually assaulted causes victims to silence themselves and this is only intensified behind prison walls. The pressure to not report a sexual attack is much worse in prison where any indication of weakness will only aggravate further abuse. To make matters worse, when prisoners are being abused by staff members, they face grave consequences and retaliation.
Many victims are seen differently by family and friends as they are seen as “unclean” or “different” due to their forced sexual experience. Although it is mostly talked about in regards to women, it is a real issue for all individuals. In “The Classic Rape: When Do Victims Report?,” by Linda S. Williams from the University of Washington, Williams suggests that victims of the “classic rape” (when the victim is attacked by a stranger), are more likely to report the rape because they feel and see themselves as “true crime victims” (Williams 459). However, rapes where the victims know their attacker are less likely to be reported because the women feel that they had some sort of responsibility or
The first thing that comes to mind is, there are a lot of people abusing women out there. Many people with opposing ideas may claim that men can be victims of violence perpetrated by women, but in instances not used for self-defense, it is rarely part of a systematic pattern of power and control through force or threat of force. In fact, 99% of rape is perpetrated by men, but when confronting men about the issue of violence against women, it is often combated with denial. Jackson Katz writes in his book, The Macho Paradox, “We take comfort in the idea of the aforementioned child-rapist murderer as a horrible aberration. A monster.
Instead of helping them become better people staff members abuse their authority and abuse the inmates. They should be wanting to stop them from doing illegal things but they are hypocrites and are illegally abusing the inmates. Superiors get away with it too. Detention centers have a higher suicide rate than any other government ran facility. Most teens who have been sexually assaulted result in later being sent back to prison.