Essay: Prison Rape and Sexual Assaults

The presented scenario brings to life two possible occurrences; officer to inmate rape and inmate to inmate rape. Rape has been defined as the non-consensual use of physical might or threat of force to commit sexual violence against one gender (Barstow, n.d.; Metropolitan Police, n.d.). Punitive action is usually taken against the perpetrators of such actions through the social justice systems existing in various jurisdictions. In the prevalent scenario, a prisonerís right to protection against prison rape was violated.

Penitentiary facilities across the nation are required to effect a zero-tolerance policy on instances of rape in prison. The 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) stipulates that both staff-on-inmate and inmate-on-inmate misconducts must be handled with equal weight and intensity (National Institute of Justice (NIJ), 2014). Although the truth behind the better part of prison rape accusations is rarely unveiled, reports show that these allegations have been risi...