Surely one of the blackest eyes on the American national character is our society's willingness to not only tolerate, but approve of and joke about rape -- that is, the rape that goes on inside prison walls. Cathy Young:
At present, it is very difficult—virtually impossible in some states—for inmates who have been raped to collect damages from the prison system. Guards who neglect or even condone inmate-on-inmate assaults run virtually no risk of punishment. Other serious measures to combat prison rape would include both “conservative” solutions (stricter prisoner supervision) and “liberal” ones (less overcrowding).
Even lower-end estimates given by correctional organizations suggest that 20,000 to 40,000 inmates are sexually assaulted in American prisons every year. Those are figures no civilized society should accept.
Amen. Hat tip to Glenn Reynolds.