Don't pick up the soap!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 is aimed at curbing prison rape through a "zero-tolerance" policy, as well as through research and information gathering. The act called for developing national standards to prevent and detect incidents of sexual violence in prison, making data on prison rape more available to prison administrators as well as making corrections facilities more accountable for incidents of prison rape.
I suppose I'm going to have to speak out against this law.

I want it abolished.

I want it gone.

* No law will stop someone who wants to rape a prisoner.
* It does nothing to prevent prison rape.
* Falsely accused prison rapists are taking the focus off the real danger.
* Identifying prison rapists makes them targets of prison vigilantes.
* This law makes prisoners less safe.
* It lumps prison rapists in with other rapists.
* It's nothing more than a Salem witch hunt.
* It's too expensive and will cause the system to implode on itself.
* It's nothing but hysteria and fear-mongering.
* It's a draconian law.
* Most prisoners don't rape other prisoners.
* It's causing prisoners to fear other prisoners.
* It's creating professional prison victims.
* The government cannot keep your prisoners safe.
* Instead of focusing on their rape we should LET THEM HEAL!
* There IS life after prison rape.
* These resources could be better spent elsewhere such as on families of prison rapists.
* Eventually prison rapists are going to snap. Would you rather have a raped prisoner or a dead prisoner?
* While prison rape is despicable there are indeed things that are much worse in life. Most raped prisoners do not die or become permanently disfigured as a result.

After the comments made at the recent Reform Sex Offender Laws RSOL Nambla Conference in Boston I realized that most prisoners aren't actually harmed by being raped, and even if they are they eventually get over it. Some even learn to forgive their rapist. The whole "prison rape" issue is overhyped.
A small number of victims are scarred for life, but most are not. The “scarred for life” is way over hyped, even some who endured extreme abuse are able to move on and lead a normal life without significant scars, even forgiving their abusers.....

Dr. Jerome Miller
Boston Conference 2009
Considering these new facts from the Nambla Conference of 2009, I propose we fight for the abolition of this useless, costly law that does More Harm than Good and spend that money in a better way, perhaps by providing economic support for true victims or education and support of prison rapists. One solution would be to support the prison rapist with positive reinforcement that what they did was not "bad", that it's their victims fault, that their victim should:

* be held accountable
* take responsibility
* forgive and forget

and the problem would be solved if only prison rape victims would do that. Most importantly we need to educate those who have been raped in prison to take responsibility for their own actions and stop picking up the soap.

Sex Offender Activists would be outraged if the public started advocating to abolish prison rape laws, yet when it comes to innocent children - this is the position they take.

* Every single argument I have made against this law is a statement they have made regarding sexually abused children.
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