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Coercive sex in prison

Briefing paper by the Commission on Sex in Prison.

  • ISBN: 978-1-905994-81-6

  • Published: 2014

  • Pages: 8

  • Publisher: The Howard League for Penal Reform


Coercive sex in prison References

There has been minimal research on sexual abuse and sex crimes in prison and the nature and full extent of the problem is not known, with sexual violence in prison often hidden and under-reported.

The Commission on Sex in Prison, established by the Howard League in 2013, urged the UK government to take the problem of prison rape more seriously as figures suggested that hundreds of prisoners may have been sexually abused behind bars. This is the second briefing paper published by the Commission in Sex in Prison.

The Commission on Sex in Prison focused on three broad themes:

  • consensual sex in prison
  • coercive sex in prison
  • healthy sexual development among young people in prison

The purpose of the Commission on Sex in Prison was to understand the nature and scale of sex in prisons, investigate the key issues and problems and make recommendations with a view to make prisons safer.



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