Should prisoners get more freedom for this?
For consensual, coerced, and abusive relationships, many men will explain that they aren’t homosexual, rather what they do is just an outlet for sexual energy. Genis explained this scenario, “For those who engage in consensual sex, they may say that they aren’t gay, but they have to have a partner even if it’s a male.”
Coercive and abusive relationships, on the other hand, are not about companionship — just like on the outside. More often they are a way to show power and dominance over others.
Inmate Matthew Rolen told ABC in an interview that he tried to get the abuse from other inmate to stop by informing the staff. “They told me flat out: we don’t care,” Matthew said.
Inmates’ rights group Stop Prison Rape claimed that more than 200,000 men are sexually abused each year in American prisons. They’ve gotten reports of men carving their names into the victims to claim them.
Disabled prisoners don’t receive more protection. In fact, they can be more targeted because of their inability to fight back. Thomas Guerra — an inmate with only one leg — and he explained that he was continually taken advantage of by the prisoners. “I finally got so fed up with them raping me by forced sex that I threw a punch with my fist into the first officer that I saw, breaking his nose, so I was placed into segregation for a pending disciplinary hearing,” he explained.