Urgent action is needed to determine the nature and scale of sexual abuse in Britain’s penal system, a leading prison rights group says. The plea follows recent estimates that hundreds of inmates in the UK are subject to rape and sexual assaults annually.
Drawing from surveys conducted by prison inspectors, the Commission on Sex in Prison estimates one in every 100 UK prisoners suffer sexual abuse at the hands of fellow inmates or prison staff each year. The statistics were published on Monday in a briefing paper conducted by the body entitled’Coercive Sex in Prison’.
Established by leading UK charity, the Howard League for Penal Reform, the commission is comprised of academics, former prison governors and health experts. The group’s most recent briefing paper suggests rape and other forms of sexual violence in UK prisons are rife, with as many as 1,650 inmates being targeted annually.