Male Rape. Part 2.
I don't know what I thought of the issue before I started to research it. I knew it happened in society and in jails. I did to an extent realise that guys were somehow expected to manage it, like it did not happen and why was this expected? Why was there almost a code of silence about this?
What I found is that not only is there a code of silence about this, but the victimized are being ignored, rebuffed, blamed, and much like female rape victims of yesteryear, they are being told in many cases it was their fault. They asked for it, they were secretly gay, real men fight back, their complaints are being covered up by officials. The officials went to make the problems seem like they are not that bad, or that the problem does not really exist the way we think, but my initial research tells me the problem is systemic, and far worst than we realise. Much more vast, and it has far reaching consequences that some are just starting to wake up to.
There are a lot of problems that are happening in the prison system, the rapes were just one aspect with many other branches.
War On Drugs
The story probably began with the war on drugs, mandatory minimum sentences, and people being put away for minor offences, topped with the three strike rule in some states.
This has lead to over crowding of American Prisons. Horrific conditions which are hard to imagine, the country now has 1 in 31 of it's citizens in jail, probation or parole. 2.1 million Americans are behind bars. America has the reputation for being the country with more citizens behind bars than any other nation. Of those behind bars, the Black or African/American population makes up over 40% or more of that number, even though this group only comprises 14% of the population.
I read an article that said black men stand a 1 in 3 chance of going to jail in their life times if this trend continues.
[quote]Black men born in the United States in 2001 will have a one in three chance of going to prison during their lifetime if current trends continue, according to a report by the US justice department.
More than 5.6 million Americans are either in prison or have served time there - and that number will continue to rise, the report shows. [/quote]
[quote]American prisons and jails held 2,299,116 inmates as of June 30, 2007. One in every 31 American adults, or 7.3 million Americans, are in prison, on parole or probation. Approximately one in every 18 men in the United States is behind bars or being monitored. A significantly greater percentage of the American population is in some form of correctional control even though crime rates have declined by about 25 percent from 1988-2008. 70% of prisoners in the United States are non-whites. In recent decades the U.S. has experienced a surge in its prison population, quadrupling since 1980, partially as a result of mandated sentences that came about during the "war on drugs." Violent crime and property crime have declined since the early 1990s.[/quote]
Why are so many black men in Prison?
This book details the author's personal story of a negligent upbringing in an impoverished community, his subsequent engagement in criminal activity (drug dealing), his incarceration, and his release from prison and experiencing of the crippling social disenfranchisement that comes with being an ex-felon. The author then relates his personal experiences and realizations to the seminal problems within the African-American community, federal government, and criminal justice system that cause his own experiences to be the same experiences of millions of other young Black men.
The WALLPrisoners of the War on Drugs
Before I continue I just want to point out that there is ample evidence that much of the drug problem that affected some minority communities were deliberate in nature and scope and were orchestrated by government authorities. Eg. The CIA bringing drugs into these communities, getting people hooked, selling etc. Then get the men and women to become indentured slaves, (snitches for the state) to avoid going to jail. For the ones who chose jail they were given outrageous prison sentences for drug possession or sales.
Gary Webb who later died and had his career destroyed documented and who the dark alliance series about the CIA bring drugs into these communities.
Anita Bell a lawyer who tried to prosecute for this was disbarred, fled to Canada, then Israel. She also had her life destroyed for trying to take on the state and expose what was happening.