Angela Davis demonstrates the ongoing violent abuse as she quotes a report on sexual maltreatment in women’s prisons, “We found that male correctional employees have vaginally, anally, and orally raped female prisoners and sexually assaulted and abused them” (Davis 78). However disturbing this blunt sexual contact that male officers take with the vulnerable prisoners may be, the officers adopt even more severe tactics to harass and abuse the women as they often utilize “mandatory pat-frisks or room searches to grope women 's breasts, buttocks, and vaginal areas...” (Davis 79). To add insult to injury, women are virtually incapable of escaping from their abuser(s). Prison employees upkeep their inappropriate behavior as it is believed they will “rarely be held accountable, administratively or criminally” (Davis 78).
Abstract Any evaluation of the status of an individual normally begins from the social structures, arrangements and moral systems which influences social perspectives as it pertains to the characteristics of both men and women roles and positions in society. Society continuously undergoes a criminal injustice towards women and men in intimate relationships. These criminal acts within relationship results in domestic violence. Domestic violence is one of the leading causes of death and homelessness of its victims. A large portion of the US population is currently dealing with the issue silently.
The article highlights the arguments for and against the theory which maintains that female criminality is a gender pathway influenced by factors such as mental health issues, poverty, trauma and victimization of women. Over the last 30 years (1980-2009) the gender gap in arrests has narrowed and the changing pattern of arrests that lead to narrowed gender gap is not concurrent across the categories of criminal activities. Aggravated assault has accounted for a narrowed gender gap over the past 30 years due to a rise in female arrests which has more than doubled. The reason being said that it is not merely an increase in female offenders that have lead to this but an overall decrease in male arrests.
Sexual Abuse and Rape Culture Every year, rape costs the United States more than any other crime resulting in a total of $127 billion and $93 billion for sexual assault. Over the course of the past few months, we have heard numerous cases of sexual violence and abuse; these cases are astonishing because this is not something that should be ignored or dismissed. The stories told by victims have caught the attention of all people because it has become very prevalent in our society today. Countless women have been silenced by the authority of men, and these women have become too scared to speak out and seek accountability.
Inmate on inmate victimize Asian is much higher among females than that of their male counterparts. Most correctional facilities do not consider female on female assault a true act of rape, which could be one of the possible reasons why they are not reprimanded and this type of assault on our children and mothers in our local jails is on a rise. One of the worst types of sexual salt is by a male or female correctional officer typically male whose job is to keep order in peace inside the jail. In officer who performs this abuse of power and violates the victims eighth amendment of being free from cool and unusual punishment often forces the inmate to be victimized by threats from the officer to prevent visitation from children, and family, or if close to parole report a false behavior report to the board so they will be denied the parole. In order for the victimized inmate to report the attack they must report it to either the individual officer that initiated the attack or their colleagues and are at a greater risk of being honest and having basic necessities taken away for reporting on an officer.
Feminist criminology has been around since the late 1960's and started out centered on speculations brought upon traditional theories of crime. Most traditional theories didn't necessarily ignore women in the criminal justice system yet they generalized crime and what causes a person to turn to crime so that women who commit crimes are overlooked by the generalization. Not only are the numbers skewed when you look at gender in criminal justice offenders but there is also a certain bias in the criminal justice systems workers. In the movie Vera Drake there is a clear example of this when the investigator and the officer come into the movie. While watching you can easily assume that the female officer is treated and thought of much differently
Did you know that there are roughly 165,824,620 women currently alive in the United States as of this year, women make up about 50.6% of the population? But did you also know that there are 219,000 women locked up in our current Criminal Justice System? Where nationally, we lock up 8 times the amount of woman than we do men. That’s a lot of mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunts locked up. Many of these woman that are currently incarcerated have at some point in their lives experienced some sort of mental, physical, and sexual abuse.
In women, scrutiny and tokenism play the reason for the lack of women on the police force. Male police officers feel their female counterparts are mentally soft, physically weak, and are unable for the rigors of the job. More than half of this country’s police department has no women in their highest rank and less than one percent of the
Women of color are the most targeted, prosecuted, and imprisoned women in the country and rapidly increasing their population within the prison systems. According to Nicholas Freudenberg, 11 out of every 1000 women will end up incarcerated in their lifetime, the average age being 35, while only five of them are white, 15 are Latinas, and 36 are black. These two groups alone make up 70 percent of women in prison, an astonishing rate compared to the low percentage comprise of within the entire female population in the country (1895). Most of their offenses are non-violent, but drug related, and often these women come from oppressive and violent backgrounds, where many of their struggles occurred directly within the home and from their own family.
Jackson Katz’s deficient diction portrays a fallacious idea that the majority of the victims of domestic violence are women with ideas that it’s a “men’s issue, and we are at fault” and “men are broken and need to be leaders, receive leadership training, and not sensitivity training.” Multiple empirical studies conclude that ¼ of all relationships have violence, and nonreciprocal violence in a relationship was more than 70%, initiated by females, and only less than 30%, initiated by male. People say that females are more affected as the statistics show that women get the brunt of the damage, but that 's because men are usually stronger and have the ability to inflict that much damage. From this, we can assume that the stereotype that women are
Female experiences are drastically different than male experiences and do play an important role in their motivations to commit crime. Daly (1997) also brings up the issue that the law greatly reinforces gender roles and expected victims. Despite all the work feminist theorists have done to attempt to reconstruct women’s roles as victims, the law is still reinforcing gendered roles of
If any officer is convicted, they should have more severe consequences than just being fired. The male dominated American police force should take a turn and begin employing more women than men. Many studies have shown that women more easily de-escalate situations, and are calmer and less intimidating. ”Take women from 12% of police to 50% of police – they are more professional, less brutal, and just as effective.
Especially in areas like Baltimore, where female correctional officers make up seventy five percent of workers. The problem with female correctional officers is they are being used and manipulated by inmates and smuggle in contraband from the outside. Inmates prey on young officers, they look for females with low self-esteem and confidence. In addition, it is also noted that in Baltimore sixty to seventy-five percent of female officers have inappropriate sexual relationships and bring drugs and cellphones to gang members. Even though the relationships between inmates and guards appear to be consensual they are overall still initiated by the gang members.
To begin the essay, it is best to look at the general concept of women policing according to an article called Policing Women/Top Cops/Triumph of Spirit, the history and current status of women in law enforcement is a topic of interest for women who wish to enter the profession (Rienerth, 2001). It through this article, that women were first used in the criminal justice system in the 1800s to deal with female prisoners as they were matrons in jails and prisons (Rienerth, 2001). Early female police officers often came from the ranks of social work and were located in separate department, had separate outfits, pay scales and duties from the male officers (Rienerth, 2001). Often times because of the female officers’ social work experience it was