Raped In Prisonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpxyeKOw1WY
Author T.J. Parsell speaks out about his experience as a 17 year old in a Michigan prison. Fish: A Memoir of a Boy in a Man's Prison.
No Escape: Prison Rape (A Documentary) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MOtz-eJlPE
This is a short documentary I came across while researching a school project. It was made in 2001 and it tells the story of 17 year old Rodney Hullin, who committed suicide in a Texas prison after being physically and sexually assaulted several times. I hope it opens the eyes of many to the problems of abuse and violence in america's prisons today.
Rape, especially gang rape, is almost exclusively a black on white occurrence. More than 90% of prison rapists are black and the instance of a white raping a black is the rarest of all. If this rankles your ideals about racial harmony and the essential equality of the races, etc. -- tough shit. Most rape victims are young and white... Blacks do sometimes rape other blacks, however; if you're black, you're not in the clear.
Many prisoners just kill themselves. Those who live and are released re-enter society every bit as f**ked up as you might expect.
The Times doesn't mention it, but the in-prison segregation needs to be preserved for yet another reason-to keep non-white inmates from raping whites, which they reportedly do routinely and with little concern for punishment or retaliation.
In a 2001 report published by the liberal Human Rights Watch, a researcher named Joanne Mariner disclosed facts the mainstream media have long ignored or denied: There are more men raped in the United States-about 90,000 every year-than women-a mere 40,000. Most of the male rapes take place in prison, and good many of them are interracial, with blacks and Hispanics searching out and raping white men. [No Escape: Male Rape in U.S. Prisons]
The stories the report recounts, described in a 2002 article in the newsletter American Renaissance, are graphic and repellent. "I had no choice but to submit to being Inmate B's prison wife," one white convict said. "In all reality, I was his slave.. I determined I'd be better off to willingly have sex with one person, than I would be to face violence and rape by multiple people. The most tragic part to this is that the person I chose to 'be with' has AIDS."
Another white prisoner in Michigan reported that the black inmate who "claimed me as his property" "publicly humiliated and degraded me, making sure all the inmates and guards knew that I was a queen and his property. Within a week he was pimping me out to other inmates at $3.00 a man. This state of existence continued for two months until he sold me for $25.00 to another black male who purchased me to be his wife." Those are only a couple of the less lurid stories from the Human Rights Watch report.
And why does this sort of thing happen? It happens not only because prison authorities don't stop it but because white prisoners themselves won't either. The report recounts that though neither black nor Hispanic convicts will tolerate a white man raping one of their own races, whites do virtually nothing to protect each other against black and Hispanic rapists.
As the report puts it, "African Americans typically face sexual abuse at the hands of other African Americans, and Hispanics at the hands of other Hispanics. Some inmates told Human Rights Watch that this pattern reflected an inmate rule, one that was strictly enforced: 'only a black can turn out [rape] a black, and only a chicano can turn out a chicano.' Breaking this rule by sexually abusing someone of another race or ethnicity, with the exception of a white inmate, could lead to racial or ethnic unrest, as other members of the victim's group would retaliate against the perpetrator's group."
The American Renaissance article put it a bit more bluntly: "The racial dynamic in prisons puts whites at a tremendous disadvantage. First, whites are often outnumbered by both blacks and Hispanics. But far more important, just as they show no racial solidarity in 'the free world,' whites in prison do not band together to protect each other from predators."
All of which helps explain why prison authorities want to keep the races segregated, at least until newcomers learn their way around. It may also explain why Garrison Johnson brought the lawsuit in the first place. But most of all, it helps explain what's wrong with white people-and not just those in prison.
No Escape: Male Rape in U.S. Prisons
READ PRISONERS' OWN STATEMENTS http://www.hrw.org/reports/2001/prison/voices.html
I had no choice but to submit to being Inmate B's prison wife. Out of fear for my life, I submitted to sucking his dick, being f**ked in my ass, and performing other duties as a woman, such as making his bed. In all reality, I was his slave, as the Officials of the Arkansas Department of Corrections under the 'color of law' did absolutely nothing.
- M.P, Arkansas, pro se federal civil rights complaint filed 8/2/96
Most of the prisoners who rape are spending from 5 to life. And are part of a gang. They pick a loner smaller weaker individual. And make that person into a homosexual then sell him to other inmates or gangs. Anywhere from a pack of cigarettes to 2 cartons . . . . No one cares about you or anyone else. If they show kindness or are trying to be helpful, it is only because they want something. And if there offering you protection you can guarantee that there going to seek sexual favors. . . . When an inmate comes in for the first time and doesnt know anyone. The clicks and gangs. Watch him like Wolves readying there attacks. They see if he spends time alone, who he eats with. Its like the Wild Kingdom. Then they start playing with him, checking the new guy out. (They call him fresh meat.)
- J.G., Minnesota, 8/8/96
I've been sentenced for a D.U.I. offense. My 3rd one. When I first came to prison, I had no idea what to expect. Certainly none of this. I'm a tall white male, who unfortunately has a small amount of feminine characteristics. And very shy. These characteristics have got me raped so many times I have no more feelings physically. I have been raped by up to 5 black men and two white men at a time. I've had knifes at my head and throat. I had fought and been beat so hard that I didn't ever think I'd see straight again. One time when I refused to enter a cell, I was brutally attacked by staff and taken to segragation though I had only wanted to prevent the same and worse by not locking up with my cell mate. There is no supervision after lockdown. I was given a conduct report. I explained to the hearing officer what the issue was. He told me that off the record, He suggests I find a man I would/could willingly have sex with to prevent these things from happening. I've requested protective custody only to be denied. It is not available here. He also said there was no where to run to, and it would be best for me to accept things . . . . I probably have AIDS now. I have great difficulty raising food to my mouth from shaking after nightmares or thinking to hard on all this. . . . I've laid down without physical fight to be sodomized. To prevent so much damage in struggles, ripping and tearing. Though in not fighting, it caused my heart and spirit to be raped as well. Something I don't know if I'll ever forgive myself for.
- A.H., Indiana, 8/30/96
If a person is timid or shy or as prison inmates term him "Weak," either mentally or physically, he stands to be a victim of physical and/or sexual assault.
- R.B., Colorado, 9/1/96
I am giving you a breif description of the incient's i have suffered from while I've been in this institution. To begin with on Aug 1, 1996 Approx: 12:30 pm i was housed in E building i went to the officials on duty about a problem i was having with two (2) inmate's but it was disreguard. Than around and about Aug 16, 1996 i was sexual assaulted by the same two (2) inmate's. I was then taking to the medical department in cristeanna hospital for treatment. It's a big Rumor that one inmate has Aid's.
- T.A., Delaware, 9/2/96
Inmates confined for sexual offenses, especially those against juvenile victims, are at the bottom of the pecking order and consequentially most often victimized. Because of their crime, the general population justifies using their weakness by labling rape "just punishment" for their crime. Sexual offenders are the number one target group for prisoner rape. Inmates who come to prison at an early age are the second target group. Being younger, more physically attractive, and less likely to be infected with H.I.V., this group "needs to learn not to come back to prison a second time." Obviously this is a poor justification for rape, but in the prison social structure any excuse will do.
- L.V., Arkansas, 9/3/96
I hate to say this but if you weren't racist when you came to prison more than likely you will be when you leave. In Texas prisons race is the main issue and until people wake up and realize that nothing will change!
- T.B., Texas, 9/3/96
I was raped in prison from Feb 1991 through Nov 1991. From that it left me HIV positive.
- K.S., Arkansas, 9/4/96
I have been sexually assaulted twice since being incarcerated. Both times the staff refused to do anything except to lock me up and make accusations that I'm homosexual and that if I pursue legal action they'd ship me and both times they did.
- J.G., Florida, 9/4/96
What is more prevalent at TCIP (which, by the way, is a medium security, rural institution) is best called "coercion." I suppose you have an idea what these engagements entail. The victim is usually tricked into owing a favor. Here this is usually drugs, with the perpetrator seeming to be, to the victim, a really swell fellow and all. Soon, however, the victim is asked to repay all those joints or licks of dope-right away. Of course he has no drugs or money, and the only alternative is sexual favors. Once a prisoner is "turned-out," it's pretty much a done deal. I guess a good many victims just want to do their time and not risk any trouble, so they submit. . . . The coercion-type abuses continue because of their covert nature. From the way such attacks manifest, it can seem to others, administrators and prisoners, that the victims are just homosexual to begin with. Why else would they allow such a thing to happen, people might ask.
- J.S., Tennessee, 9/5/96
I was young and yes i was weak. My weight was only 120 lbs, the first few months i was raped and beat up many times, i would always Fight back, i wanted my attackers to know i was not a Willing Subject for their evilness. I went to the Guards for help and was told there was nothing that could be done, that i would have to stand up like a Man and Take Care of my own troubles.
- B.L, Florida, 9/5/96
Some prison rapists are so ignorant or delusional, they imagine the rape victim to be the homosexual-because he's doing the taking, not dishing it out (he's gay! he's performing a homosexual act!)
- J.J., California, 9/6/96
The rapes seem to be for two main reasons. 1. They hurt, someone must pay. 2. Being deprived of consensual sex, and self-centered, any hole will do. Power, control, revenge, seem to top the "reasons" for rape. The person assaulted is either seen as weaker, or gang banged if seen as stuck up kind of person. You know, refuses to swear, actually admits he is guilty, is seeking help etc. . . . I have yet to hear of an inmate being charged in court with sexual assault of an inmate. Have you? If just one was found guilty, got more time, things would change.
- D.A., Nebraska, 9/6/96
On January 27, 1993, I was forcefully raped! I was held down while at least 3 black inmates had anal intercourse using my rectum as their sexual pleasure release! From that day on, I was classified as a homosexual and was sold from one inmate to the next. I was sold for a $2.25 bag of coffee! . . . Blacks tend to rape the white inmates and force themselves on weaker inmates! I am one of the weaker inmates!
- J.D., Texas, 9/6/96
Most guys raped are guys for there first time locked up, between the ages 18-30 that looks young, not strong, looks lonely, scared. Guys watch these things.
- M.F., Ohio, 9/6/96
A lot of guys don't say enything about what happens to them, because they got to live there. What if they told, what could happen to them . . . I know you think they should tell what happens to them. But until you put yourself in there shoes you don't know what you do. Some prisons are hard. Fights, killings, ect. everyday. One thing guys don't like is guys who tell on others. What are your chances if you told on someone?
- M.F., Ohio, 9/6/96
I'm in protective custody have been since Feb of 95. My rape is known thru out the system as everyone know the person who did it likes to brag so its unsafe for me to be in population as now I'm a snitch, homo and my safety would be in jeopardy.
- R.G., Delaware, 9/6/96
When a man gets raped nobody gives a damn. Even the officers laugh about it. I bet he's going to be walking with a limp ha ha ha. I've heard them.
- J.G., Minnesota, 9/7/96
Most often the victom who reports a rape is again victomized by officials who write this inmate victom a disciplinary report of propaganda; officials do this in order to avoid law suits resulting from the rapes.
- E.R., Iowa, 9/9/96
When a man finally gets his victim, he protects him from everyone else, buys him anything, the victim washes his clothes, his cell, etc. In return, the entire prison knows that this guy has a "BITCH" or "girl." This gives power to the aggressors ego. In here, the egos multiply a lot more than in society.
Now I've seen this happen many many times. The response from the guards is "the strong survive," "who cares," or they join in on the teasing, tourmenting, etc.
- R.L., New York, 9/9/96
I've seen inmates attacked by two or three men at a time and forced to the floor, while two or three hold him down, the fourth man slaps vaseline on his rectum and rapes him. I knew two men who hung themselves after this.
- R.L., New York, 9/9/96
The more time a man has, the more respect he gets, the more he is feared, the more the guards ignore his misbehavior and let him do what he wants, including rape! The mentality of a lot of guards is that it's only a convicted felon screwing another, so who cares?
- R.L., New York, 9/9/96
The DOC covers their actions under the guise of security and the state court wears blinders.
- J.G., Florida, 9/9/96
I didn't want to tell on the inmates who raped me because I didn't want to be killed. If I had told on the inmates, They would have gotten me in another part of the Prison. Even Protective Custody Facility.
- R.H., Utah, 9/10/96
MORE PRISONER VOICES
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PRISON SURVIVAL http://www.jinxmagazine.com/system.html
THIS f**kED-UP LOOKING JAMAICAN GUY WITH DREADLOCKS is hanging with his crew, and he goes to this white kid and says, "Yo, you want some of my cigarette?" And this white boy goes ahead and takes two pulls on the cigarette. This is in Queens Central Booking."
Taking those pulls on the Jamaican's smoke was the worst mistake in that white boy's life. It was the worst mistake Jose "King Boost" Morales had ever seen anybody make in all his years of hard time.
"The white boy gives the Jamaican back his cigarette," King Boost continues, "and the Jamaican guy takes a razor out of his mouth and shows it to him. He says to the white boy, "Now I want those pulls back."
"That white boy starts cryin," interrupts Boost's main partner, Chris.
"Yeah," continues Boost, " The Jamaican guy gets his boys to gather around them, so nobody can see, right? Then he tells them to kick a beat, to cover the noise so the guards won't hear. 'Cause there was guards right outside the tank, and if they would have heard anythign they would have been right in there. Now the Jamaican guys sits down on the bench and he takes out his dick. He says, "gimme those pulls."
"I seen that white boy," says Chris.
"He was cryin', 'cause he knew there wasn't nothing he could do. That white boy put his head down and sucked the Jamaican guy's dick then and there."
IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, EVERY PLACE in New York has gotten safer - but one. In the big house, it's always Jinx Time. To provide up-to-the-minute intelligence on the hazards of the Underground, Jinx magazine interviewed three highly qualified sources on the current situation inside the penal system. What we learned from Chris, Bays, and Boost, three Puerto Ricans from East New York, amounts to a guidebook through the worst hazards of the slam. Between them, Boost and his two friends have served time in Rehab, Juvenile, Municipal, State and Federal detention.
"I'll let you know," says Chris, "since Giuliani took office, they got everybody locked up. Everybody who ran it on the streets is in jail now, kid."
"I'd say eighty percent of the niggers in lockdown is hardcore criminals, repeat criminals," agrees Boost, who has high standards. The situation in other cities is comparable. You're not going to be camping with the Boy Scouts, young sportsman. Be on point.
Welcome to the other side
A night on the town in Central Booking.
YOU'VE BEEN ARRESTED AND BOOKED. YOU'VE EXPERIENCED the warm intimacy of a body cavity search. Whether the charge is plotting the violent overthrow of the government or driving under the influence, you're now headed for the same 12' X 20' cage. Take a deep breath. You'll be sealed inside with as many as 25 fellow guests.
"I had two of my boys with me the first time I got busted," says Boost. "So I wasn't really that worried." Chances are, you'll have better reason to fear than he had. Boost isn't a big man, but his experiences on the streets of New York have made him hard - and known.
If you're alone on your first pinch, scan the cell for familiar faces. Anyone you recognize from the outside, even if you've never said two words to him, is a potential ally. The idea is to make an acquaintance you can stick by. Of course, an acquaintance is not a friend.
"Don't try to make a friend," says Bays. "The problem with these niggers today is they too f**king smart. They play games with you."
Too much familiarity in conversation will be interpreted as weakness, an opening for psychological attack. This isn't group therapy, and you're not going to get anywhere by talking about your free floating anxiety. Be on alert if a prisoner starts trying to find out to much about you, asking you where you're from, how much money you have, whom you know. This man is trying to size you up and determine how to exploit you. There is a defense against this gambit, however.
"Flip it," says Bays. "Turn the shit around on him. Try to ask him the same questions he asking you."
Boost nods, "Don't let him get personal.
In the cage you'll see stockbrokers sleeping under benches. Men's characters will be tried over a few square feet of floor space. Do not be pushed around. You don't want to show weakness by sleeping next to the toilet, where you'll be repeatedly woken up, stepped on and splashed. Your time inside is a tightrope act, a walk along the line between dangerous extremes. It's suicide to show weakness, but no less so to make unnecessary trouble.
"I seen an old guy catch a crazy beatdown that first night," laughs Boost. "He deserved it. He was talking shit to two young black teenagers, and he punched them first."
That old man had to be carried out. He was having a seizure.
THE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS, CONTRARY TO WHAT YOU might suspect, are every bit as dangerous as the prisoners. Consider: they're the ones who have chosen to be here. Antagonize them or disrespect them under no circumstances.
"They'll hide your papers," says Bays. He means your docket papers, the papers that say you exist. "That's the worst feeling in the world - you see guys come in and in three days they get called out before you, and you like, oh shit, when am I getting out of here? 'Cause the guards put your papers back at the bottom of the pile."
"I seen 'em destroy niggers' papers," nods Chris.
The C.O.'s have less subtle methods of punishment at their disposal as well.
"They got a thing on they belts, and if you pull that thing out it's like an alarm, and in two seconds you'll have like eight big motherf**kers putting their sticks on you." Boost says, "I saw one guy who was in a fight, and they came in to break it up. He grabbed one of their clubs," he winces. "I heard that stick, I felt that stick hit his head."
If for any reason the guards should enter the cell while you're in there, turn away. Play the wall or hit the floor; there's going to be indiscriminate violence.
When they do call you out, you'll be glad they did. "I ain't gonna lie to you," says Chris. "When you get out after those three days, it feels good. You glad you went through it and made it."
The good feeling will wear off in a hurry if they sentence you and toss you back in.
Doing a bid
"this is the place where 99 men week while one man laughs." - Alexandr Solzhenitsyn.
THE SINGLE MOST PREVALENT FACT OF PRISON LIFE IS THAT there are powerful gangs. On Rikers Island you'll live among the Bloods, the Neta, and the Latin Kings.
The Bloods are new on the scene, and their tactics have garnished them some unwanted press. Ironically, the very brutality of the Bloods has rendered them harmless. Their mayhem against the Latin Kings, the general prison population and even the guards has forced the warden into a radical policy: locking them in their cells 24 hours a day.
"The bloods don't walk on Rikers Island," says Boost.
If you want to roll with a gang, the Neta may be your best bet.
"They're positive," says Boost, "They're a Latin gang, but they'll take anybody: faggots, whites, blacksS"
Being in a gang will give you clout. Your homeboys will be the eyes in back of your head. There is, however, a heavy price.
"One thing about the Neta, they expect you to be brothers for life. If you see a guy from the Neta on the street who was down with you on the inside, you supposed to be down with him on the outside too." If being beholden to a syndicate of armed career criminals isn't your idea of a smart long term plan, don't join. This is a most solemn commitment, not to be entered into lightly.
The Latin Kings are the largest prison gang in New York, as it is in may other parts of the country. The Kings run Rikers Island, and on the streets they have political ambitions and their sights on legitimacy. They're not quite there just yet. You may well find yourself automatically ineligible for LK membership; it is a requirement to have been born on one of the so-called Five Continents: Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, or Nicaragua.
King Boost has a copy of his "Lessons of the Kings," their code of conduct, at his Brooklyn apartment. He's not at liberty to disclose those lessons at this time, and Jinx has chosen not to push the issue. One good Lesson of the Kings we came up with is, "Don't f**k with them."
Into the inferno
Overcoming the White Boy in you
WE ASKED KING BOOST, BAYS AND CHRIS WHAT THE white boy did wrong, and what he could have done differently, to avoid getting his mouth raped by the sword of evil. Sit up and pay attention, now, because you never know when the long arm of the law might tap you on the shoulder.
1. "He shouldn't have taken a hit on the cigarette." An obvious point? Maybe not. Our White Boy probably felt considerable pressure to accept out of politeness. In the mores of the slam, however, it's worse to owe somebody than to snub an offer.
2. He should have feared the shame more than the razor. It will require the hardest stoicism to accept a slashed face or a stabbed eye, but it's worse to submit. This is not a point of honor but of practical necessity. "It's worse to be a punk," says Boost. "'Cause then the whole jail will know they can use you." Anyone so branded is made a slave, sexual and otherwise, for the duration of his stay.
3. He should have fought back and raised his voice. "You don't want to call for help, 'cause that's just as bad as giving in," says Chris, "But you can make noise and fight, and the guards will hear." Making noise would have earned him a crown from the C.O.'s, but having fought back would have earned him some small measure of respect in the population.
THESE ARE THE UGLY CHOICES THAT MUST BE MADE IN THE cage. At times they won't seem like choices at all. Bear in mind at all times, though, that your actions here, as anywhere, will determine the way you're treated and perceived. Remember to make neither friends nor enemies. Neither antagonize nor scrape before any man. Remember that a stare is as good as a fight, but don't divert your gaze so quickly as to appear the coward. Reveal no more about yourself or your mission than is earnestly revealed to you. In short, the best thing you can do in the system is to act as a Friend of Jinx.
As for the worst thing you can do in the slam:
"Be fake," says King Boost. "That's the worst thing you can do. They'll figure you out."