George, I certainly agree with your statement in that, “We live in a day and age where the top stories are the ones that keep peoples attentions”. Too often the victims of sexual assaults in prisons go either unnoticed or are seen as having “deserved what they got” for what they did. This is outrageous. Individuals are sentenced to do their time, not to be victims themselves. I wonder if it ever occurred to people that sexual assaults can cause a world of trauma to an inmate. Trauma that can quite possibly follow the individual into the community once released.
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The article I read was called “Weekends in Jail for Rape? Why people get sentenced to ‘weekend jail’ by Corey Johnson” This article starts off with Molly Shattuck who raped a 15-year old boy in Georgetown, Delaware. The former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader walked out of the courtroom last week even after raping a 15-year old. She was only sentenced to “48 alterning weekends at the SussexVilation of Probation Center.”
Those are truly the only cases that get media attention. I also agree that a male having a sexual relationship with his consenting underage girlfriend should not be brought to trial on statutory rape. If that was the case, most male college freshmen who had high school senior girlfriends would be in jail and the justice system can’t seek out to punish
People often are guilty of letting things that are out of sight be out of their mind, but human rights should not be something overlooked. The imprisoned mentally ill has been often overlooked and there voices are not heard as they struggle everyday in inhumane conditions. The eight amendment states that no cruel and unusual punishments is to be inflicted upon the prisoners. Is the United Sates prison systems treating mentally ill prisoners according to the eight amendment? The largest prison rates belong to the United states and of those imprisoned, around the world, they are ten times more likely to be suffering from a mental illness (Mills, 2007).
Leniency in the Courtroom Rape is considered a hateful crime and can cause the offender to be sentenced to an average of five to fifteen years (Berman). According to Sara J. Berman, professor at Concord Law School, “rape is nonconsensual sexual intercourse; it is often committed through force, threats, or fear” (Berman). Sexual assault and harassment are widespread issues that affect people of all ages and sexes. It is not to be taken lightly but in recent cases, it has been. In a very recent case, college student Brock Turner was convicted of three felony counts of sexual abuse.
The article explains how sexual assault continues to be a problem until this very day. When someone is sexually assaulted, it is very hard for them to cope with the fact that someone has touched them in the wrong way. For the ones who commits the assault, it will only become worse for them. A National Study says, “The main source of inmates’ knowledge of prison sex appears to come from their conversations with other inmates”(Response to the Prison Rape Elimination Act). Some inmates could portray the role of acting as if they are there for the victim to talk to, but there are other things that could result from this.
This paper will evaluate sexual assault programs. These programs are designed to rehabilitate current offenders from committing the same sexual crime again. The programs consist of behavioral and cognitive treatment and mental health treatment. Sex offenders do not get a choice to attend rehabilitation after being released from prison they are put on probation where they are mandated to complete treatment in order to complete their conditions of probation. Not all sex offenders are the same there are three different types of offenders.
Women are known as the forgotten offender. Within the educational and vocational programs there is definitely a lack between male programs and programs for female offenders. Women typically have traditional educational and vocational programs such as classes on home economics and parenting classes versus men who have programs that lead to skills that can be related to jobs. Another forgotten thing is mini correctional facilities policies do not understand the importance of the bond between mother and child. For this there is a fear that most women who give birth in jail believe that the long separation period the mother and the child may not be able to reconnect with each other.
In 1826, the first mention of prison rape in the history of the republic, Rev. Louis Dwight wrote that “Boys are Prostituted to the Lust of old Convicts” throughout the institutions he surveyed from Massachusetts to Georgia. Dwight, the founder of the Prison Discipline Society of Boston, a prison reform group, wrote that “Nature and humanity cry aloud for redemption from this dreadful degradation.” It was not until the 21st century that the nation saw its first anti-prison-rape legislation. Last year, congress passed the Prison Rape Reduction Act, which allocates $60 million to support rape-prevention programs run by federal, state, and local corrections staff and to aid investigations and punishment of perpetrators. The bill, which enjoyed
The concept of criminal failure to act is an interesting one in that in the one hand it tries to make persons to be orally and ethically responsible for the common good, on the other hand it attempts to restrict or stop criminal liability in situations in which the defendants have no control over (Sistare, 1989). The concept advocates for the understanding that the failure by someone to act in a particular situation results in the cat tagged as omission. In the case of the Sandusky rape case at the Penn State University; there have been debates on whether or not the Assist Coach McQuery was justified not take action by preventing his senior, Sandusky form molesting r raping the boy (Sistare, 1989). However, as the debate rages on, it is critical
This article is a good example in itself; a majority of the article describes all the negative things that happen within prison with a miniscule paragraph about the positive things that have happened. It seems that the negative hustles are more interesting than the positive ones, which is why they get more attention in all aspects of life. This can be blamed on many societal aspects like media coverage, all the way to TV Shows like Orange is the New Black. It seems that we have become a society that glorifies selfishness over selflessness.
In society and college campuses, sexual assault occurs quite frequently. According to an estimation one third of women experience a forced sexual experience at least once in their life and most of the time it occurs in colleges. Men have also been reported to be victim of sexual assaults mostly by other men. Most of the time the sexual assault is planned and perpetrated by a third person, who is known to the victim of incident. Drug and alcohol use play role in this issue and contribute to the problem as most of the time the victim and perpetrators are under the effect of alcohol or any other drug during the incident.
Sexual encounters occur among inmates, as well as visitors and institutional staff persons, despite being universally prohibited by institutional policies. For some inmates, sex inside is an extension and continuation of their sexual ways prior to incarceration. Other inmates experience a reshaping and redefinition of sexuality and yet other inmates seemingly discontinue sexual activities while incarcerated. As with sexuality in any setting, there are a number of ways that individuals experience and enact sexuality in prison. Inmates who have entered the confines of correctional facilities must acclimate to their newfound surroundings, which do not socially operate with norms found in the free world.
Sexual Assault and Rape Sexual assault can take many different forms, but one thing remains the same, it’s never the victims fault. The term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without consent of the victim. Rape is a form of sexual assault, but not all sexual assault is rape. Approximately 4 out of 5 of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, such as intimate partner sexual violence or acquaintance rape.
The current and previous rape culture makes rape seem as if it’s a choice-- a choice that can easily be avoided by an extra step or simply making different choices. People do not choose to be rape. Rape is unwanted. Therefore, to make prevention methods that imply making different choices will solve the problem is mind blowing. For example, the rape prevention video that said something like leaving your door open is like inviting someone.
The main reason that this abusive cycle continues is because of untreated behavioral and mental issues of past victims. Some common risks associated with untreated childhood trauma are substance and alcohol abuse, high-risk sexual activity, aggression, violent criminal activity, mental health problems, and being unable to have healthy relationships (Child Development). Without the proper treatment, there will always a risk when an untreated abuse victim has a child of their