Thursday, January 28, 2010

What Good Am I - If I Ignore Prison Rape?

Prison rape is a serious national problem, especially for juveniles.

Nicholas Kristof's column in The New York Times today sketched the scope of the problem, According to a Justice Department report released last month, nearly one of every eight juveniles held in youth correctional facilities reoprted being secually assaulted last year. And that number is probably under-reported, because of the stigma of rape.

This is shocking, shameful, and senseless. It's senseless because we, as a society, could do something about, if we just paid more attention. What good are we, if we write people off as soon as the prison doors close?

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