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Proviso Probe

Friday, January 20, 2006

CRIME, defining "rape" in prison

Sun-Times (Kim Curtis):
A bitterly disputed, government-sponsored study has concluded that rape and sexual assault behind bars may be rampant in movies and books but are rare in real life.

When inmates have sex, it is usually by choice, and often engaged in as a way to win protection or privileges, said Mark Fleisher, a cultural anthropologist who specializes in prisons and crime at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Trading sex for protection isn't exactly the hallmark of a consensual relationship.

If you accept that prostitution is not truly consensual in most cases, then it doesn't seem like prison sex meets the definition of consensual either.


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