Report: Majority of Sexual Violence in Prisons Instigated by Staffers

JANUARY 23, 2006 - Posted at 2:27 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY, MO - A national study on prison sexual violence indicates that sexual assaults are most often by jail and prison employees, rather than stronger inmates preying on the weak.

The study is based on 2004 data.

It shows that in Missouri, there were 45 incidents of sexual misconduct reported against staff in 2004, with 16 of those substantiated.

There were 17 reports of nonconsensual, inmate-to-inmate sexual acts, with three of those substantiated.

The survey was conducted as part of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

In most states, it is a felony for staff members to have sexual contact with inmates.  But under federal law the same behavior is only a misdemeanor if there was no force or threats used.

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