Non-Consensual Sexual Activity Among Inmates and Between Inmates and Staff Members in Female Prisons

Christine Tartaro, Stockton College

There are few studies that discuss the amount of non-consensual sexual activity among inmates and staff members in female prisons. Data for the current study were collected in a Mid-Atlantic prison for women. Short mail surveys were distributed to all inmates in the instiutution (n = approximately 600). Questions address the inmates' perception of consensual and non-consensual sexual activity in that facility as well as their personal experiences while incarcerated there. In addition to obtaining information about the amount of sexual coercion in prison, the instrument also includes questions about violence that erupts as a result of concensual sex. Respondents are also asked for suggestions concerning methods to avoid becoming sexually victimized inside prisons.

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Updated 05/20/2006