When I tell people that I recently finished serving a year prison sentence for armed robbery, mostly in maximum-security facilities, I often feel a question lingering in the air. The moment I sense it, I try to respond to the awkward silence in some offhanded way, though it is hard to be blithe and whimsical when you're telling people you were never raped in prison. I can speak only for myself, but in my own time in the New York State system, I rarely saw or even heard about non-consensual sex between men. Perhaps I was just very lucky.
Alairis was sexually assaulted repeatedly by her work supervisor. After serving 23 years without incident, Rafael encountered a corrections officer who conducted abusive pat searches on inmates. Nor were her attackers held accountable. Some of these stories are graphic, uncensored accounts of actual rapes and surrounding circumstances. The language used may be raw and include street slang. JDI has made only minor edits for spelling and clarity. Matthew was raped by his cellmate.
12 True Stories of the Most Horrible Things People Saw in Prison
I grew up in Texarkana, Arkansas. I became a rebellious teenager. I met a boy. At that age, I did not know my own value, and was so caught up in the thrill of our young love that I made excuses for him when, shortly into our relationship, he started to call me names and was physically rough with me. In short order, the name-calling escalated to yelling and locking me outside in the cold.
But neither of those things are true. Harsh prison sex realities mostly revolve around inmates being forced against their will to comply with someone or a group of people or risk injury or death. Most often, this kid has no money and likes to get high; there are many such people in prison, and they tend to burn their bridges early and totally. And so the older man, who has usually already served major time, feeds the kid, and gets him a little something to smoke or snort.