Why Prison Rape Goes On by Chandra Bozelko

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The following post was written by a former inmate and talks about her experiences witnessing prison rape while incarcerated in a Connecticut women’s prison. 

Prison rape and various other forms of corruption have become a widespread issue within the United States prison system.

Learn more about President Obama’s program to stop prison rape.

Visit: The Novo Foundation

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Chandra Bozelko, a former inmate, has an op-ed in the New York Times titled, ‘Why We Let Prison Rape Go On,’ in which she explores why, even 12 year since the Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed, sexual assault in American prisons remains so widespread.

Ultimately, prisons protect rape culture to protect themselves. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about half of prison sexual assault complaints in 2011 were filed against staff. (These reports weren’t all claims of forcible rape; it is considered statutory sexual assault for a guard to have sexual contact with an inmate.)

I was an inmate for six years in Connecticut after being convicted of identity fraud, among other charges. From what I saw, the same small group of guards preyed on inmates again and again, yet never faced discipline. They were protected by prison guard unions, one of the strongest forces in…

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