Thursday new feature: Conversation starters

In Sexual Assault Awareness on August 20, 2009 at 8:00 am

Starting today, we will be featuring a new article that significantly adds to the discussion on sexual violence, every Thursday for Conversation Starters.

This week we’re featuring this thoughtful and important discussion on prison rape and how societal views of prison rape may be potentially perpetuating it.  I think it’s an article that is definitely worth reading.  It addresses many issues that I think are drastically overlooked.

Why is it that the rape that happens in prisons is deemed okay and acceptable punishment?  At what point did the people who commit crimes become less than people?  It’s a difficult subject on so many levels.  The truth of the matter is that we rely on our justice system to appropriately punish the people who commit crimes, but somehow those people become less human in the minds of many people.  Criminals cannot have crimes committed against them is an opinion that is too common.

I applaud Anna Clark of AlterNet for her excellent article, addressing this issue for so many people who do not have a voice.


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