Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The social injustice of prison rape: A historical analysis
by Jenko, Francy Lynn, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 86; 1490295
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this review is to gain a better understanding of prison rape and why it has routinely been an unobstructed form of inequality in American culture. Further, to examine why society typically holds a retributive approach toward sexual assault in prison and to review the recent legislation, which was enacted to help minimize the social injustice of rape in all detention facilities throughout America. This historical analysis revealed that sexual assault occurs in every type of correctional facility, in multiple locations, and at various times. Prison sexual violence profoundly impacts survivors, threatens public health, and hinders the ability of facility personnel to maintain orderly, safe, and productive correctional environments. Research on sexual assault in detention is scarce and typically inadequate due to small sample sizes, definitional problems, and low participant response rates. Studies on inmate victimization have produced contradictory conclusions, making it difficult to accurately assess the prevalence of sexual violence in corrections. However, most studies indicate that prison rape is a serious threat for countless prisoners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thiveeran, Janaki San
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work, Criminology
Publication Number: 1490295
ISBN: 978-1-124-54642-1
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