Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) refused last week to adopt federal standards aimed at combatting rape in prisons, saying that it would be “impossible” for Texas to comply with the new measures. In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder…
Perry argued that the DOJ’s rules wouldn’t be feasible in Texas, because the state — unlike the federal government — considers 17-year-old inmates to be adults rather than teens. The governor wrote that it would be too expensive to separate those younger inmates from other adult prisoners, and that the cost of adding more staff would be “unacceptable” in smaller counties.
A 2010 Bureau of Justice survey found that 1 in 8 juveniles
in detention are sexually assaulted, with LGBT inmates at least 10 times more likely to have experienced sexual abuse.
This is an aspect of rape culture that’s rarely discussed, even tho it’s the source of the term. In Texas, a 17 y/o who gets busted for weed can be housed with violent adult inmates and raped, and Rick Perry says “eh, no big deal.” There’s also no almost outcry about this. If we want to change societal ideas about rape, this has to be changed too.