Ally Fogg has an article in the Guardian with the rather self-evident title – Prison is no
place for healthy sexual development.
Notwithstanding the fact that all young people should receive the education and training
to help with their healthy sexual development, one poster commented about the title of
the piece – “You don’t say??? Are there people who thought/think it is?”.
Fogg writes, citing the report by HM Inspectorate of Prisons Youth Justice Board, Children in Custody 2013–14: An analysis of 12–18-year-olds’ perceptions of their experience in secure training centres and young offender institutions
“Research by the prisons inspectorate and the YJB in 2013 found that in the two largest prisons, 3% of inmates had been victimised by another child.”
Victimised – but not sexually abused which had its own set of questions in the questionnaire.
Now when I thought about the number of times I’d read about the assumed incidence of sexual abuse within the prison system, this figure seemed remarkably small.
And when I looked at the report which has six specific references to sexual abuse there were 18 references to respondents reporting no incidents of sexual abuse, with the average in each category of response (abused by young person / abused by staff) being 2%, 2%, 1% and 0%
“Gay, bisexual or trans prisoners are not only at risk of extensive homophobic abuse and bullying, they are also much more likely to be sexually assaulted.”
He links to the same HM Inspectorate of Prisons Youth Justice Board report, but the words Gay, bisexual, trans, homosexual and transgender don’t appear in the report. So how does he know they are “much more likely to be sexually assaulted”. Even when the report mentions “sexual orientation” it doesn’t define what is meant by this.
“While these numbers include a handful of extremely dangerous young people who have committed shocking crimes, most have found themselves incarcerated after a succession of minor offences…..”
The report says:
“Most children in custody are there for serious offences.
On the same day the following report appeared in the national press:
Girls’ shock tales of sex violence
Two in five girls, some aged just 13, have experienced sexual violence from a partner, according to a new study into teenage relationships.
The research, led by academics at the University of Bristol and University of Central Lancashire, also showed one in five girls aged between 13 and 17 in England suffered physical violence from their boyfriend.
There are approximately 2.5 million 13 – 17 year olds in the UK of which about half are girls.