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Rick Perry Dodges Measures to Address the Prison Sexual Assault Crisis

Given Texas' record for detention facilities with high rates of sexual abuse, Gov. Perry’s rejection of rules under the Prison Rape Elimination Act is especially troubling to those advocating for the safety of inmates.

Given Texas’ record for detention facilities with high rates of sexual abuse, Gov. Perry’s rejection of rules under the Prison Rape Elimination Act is especially troubling to those advocating for the safety of inmates.

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RH Reality Check’s Most Read Stories of 2010

The ten most read stories on RH Reality Check this year include Christine O’Donnell’s crusade against masturbation, a look at how universities deal with sex in dorms, and early reporting of the Utah legislation that sought to criminalize miscarriage.

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Prison Rape: “That Check I Wrote Cost Me My Life”

Convicted of check fraud, a man was repeatedly raped and beaten in an Arkansas prison. He walked out with a death sentence — not handed down by a judge or jury, but by the corrections staff who failed to keep him safe.

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Prison Rape: “That Check I Wrote Cost Me My Life”

Convicted of check fraud, a man was repeatedly raped and beaten in an Arkansas prison. As a result, he walked out of prison with a death sentence — not handed down by a judge or jury, but by the corrections staff who failed to keep him safe; Bryson contracted HIV because of the rapes.

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It’s Time to End the Epidemic of Prisoner Rape

At least 60,500 federal and state prison inmates were sexually abused at their current facility in the preceding year alone, according to a 2007 nationwide study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). A similar study revealed that nearly 25,000 county jail detainees were sexually abused in the prior six months. This violence is not limited to adult prisoners – in January, another BJS report found that almost one in eight youth in juvenile detention reported being sexually abused in the preceding year; at the worst facilities, one in three kids were victimized.

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