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Stronger efforts needed against prison rape
For as long as the history of prisons in America, there has been rape in prisons in America. There, too, have been children locked in prison cells with adults. Young men — boys, really — turned into tools for the sexual satisfaction of the older, the stronger. We turn away from it in part because our penitentiaries are the last remnants of Darwinian survival of the fittest, played out on a day-to-day basis. And it is difficult to feel compassion for criminals. This is why prison movies like "Blood in Blood Out," "American Me" and "Shawshank Redemption" feature graphic rapes and yet did not lead to any public outcries about prison conditions. This is why, despite Nathan McCall's "Makes Me Wanna Holla" making numerous best seller lists and featuring a graphic scene where several men raped a man christened Tootie, no outcry against prison rape followed.
By Reginald Dwayne Betts
August 8, 2011