TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- Women inmates in New Jersey's prisons are twice as likely to be raped and nearly six times more likely to be otherwise sexually abused by other inmates than their male counterparts, according to a new federal study.
The study, published in the most recent edition of the Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of The New York Academy of Medicine, reports that about one in five female inmates said they've been either raped or abused while in prison. It also found that New Jersey's male inmates were more likely to be sexually abused by prison staff than by other inmates.
Prison rape is used by some men to deny that sexual violence victimizes women far more than it victimizes men. As if one rape scenario could cancel out another rape scenario. To top it off this myth is used to explain why "good" men shouldn't be sent to prison when they are found guilty of rape.
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