Male Rape. Part 1
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 16, 1963
Male Rape Part 1.
I started doing the research on male rape in US prisons last week. I spent the whole weekend inside doing research. What I found was horrible, disturbing and it's hard to realise that there are segments of the population that have it as bad, or worst than Targeted Individuals but there are.
Psychological and Health Issues.
After being raped in jail the problems do not stop there. After having their cries for help ignored, their rapes treated with indifference and disdain, and their attempts to seek out justice denied, then these men are released back into society. Some are suicidal, some emotionally disturbed, unable to cope with what has happen to them, which sometimes involves years of sexual assaults, rapes and other forms of victimization's. Some have to deal with issues of HIV and other diseases. Many are hostile, angry and some even violent. Many have other issues that were not dealt with in prison, or more accurately were created in prison, and then these problems become societies problems.
Repeat offenders who get into crime again because they can not find way to take care of themselves, many have trouble getting a job, society penalizes those who have been in jail or prison. Some are violent and will rape on the outside. Many spread diseases, such as HIV, and other diseases back into communities. Many acquire psychological issues that were not present before their stay in jail.
Some become racist and continue with their new group affiliations that they gained in prisons.
Many never talk about the horrors that they went through, too ashamed to let family and friends know what they had to do to survive, finding very little support on the outside, and the topic of male rape being a punchline for late night comedians, who have no idea how truly disturbing the reality is.
That is the reality of male rape in American prisons, and society, because the problems clearly do not end in the prisons, they branch out into many areas of society and have unforeseen consequences for many communities, health care workers, financially, socially, society in many cases may continue to pay for the care of a former inmate and their multiple unresolved issues.
The only time focus really shifts to prisons is when there are riots, such as the two recent ones that occurred. California where they are trying to desegregate, and in Ky.
Insurance adjusters look at Kentucky. prison after riot
Schwarzenegger tours devastation after prison riot
[quote]Diverting that many inmates from state prison cells also will help California comply with a ruling made earlier this summer by a federal judicial panel. The judges ordered the state to reduce its inmate population by 40,000 inmates over two years.
The federal courts have ruled that overcrowding has been the leading cause of unconstitutional inmate medical and mental health care.
"Politicians in Sacramento have swept the problem under the rug for so long," Schwarzenegger said. "We must be measured and smart about how we go about and create these reductions."
It's not clear whether overcrowding played a role in the riot at the Chino prison because various investigations into the incident have yet to be completed. Prison officials said it began with a fight between black and Hispanic inmates.[/quote]
Overcrowding, rapes, and a whole bunch of other issues that have been ignored for way too long. Also since California is trying to desegregate it's inmate population, you might well see a lot more of these riots, but it's time focus was placed on these prions. They are vacuums of human decency, and conscience and it's time that they had the proper focus that is deserved.