A Game Preserve For Sexual Predators
It sounds like a squickporn fantasy on a pedophile blog. A whole country running a system by which teenagers are forcibly detained, largely at the whim of their captors. One in eight is sexually molested while in custody. The overwhelming majority of the assaults are by their keepers.
This does not represent a failure to care. A failure to care would be doing little or nothing to keep the inmates from abusing each other. That would be bad enough. But eighty percent of this is the staff molesting the underaged inmates. The Catholic Church lawsuits and scandals are decades long, have shaken nations, and the numbers are nowhere near that high. One in eight is the rate at which undergraduates are raped … imagine if eighty percent of that was by school employees!
(I’m not going to dignify the use of “consent” in this context. Inmates having survival sex with captors is inherently nonconsensual. Inherently and iredeemably. Any prison worker who has sexual contact with an inmate is fully and 100% responsible and the act sexual assault.)
The only way a nation can allow this system to go on, is to decide that the incarcerated are beneath basic human rights. It is entirely clear that we, the nation with the largest incarcerated population on earth, have made that determination about adult inmates. We pack prisons, warehouses of people, basically by social class because we’re made the definition of crimes and the justice system and so heavily skewed by race and class. Prison rape is treated in the media and by much of the population as either a joke or a part of the sentence or both, which is WRONG.
And that’s adults. These are kids. These are KIDS!
Every person who works in the juvenial detention system, if they are not actively working to make this better, is complicit. This is epidemic, this is a thoroughly integrated part of the system.
What we as a society have created is a captive pool of targets for adults who want to sexually abuse minors. We’ve selected a group of minors, most of whom have no resources and no support, and made them totally dependent and at the mercy of their jailers. And we’ve let predators fill the ranks of the jailers in what can only be massive numbers, and molest these kids at rates that mean that it can’t be a secret to anyone. We’ve created game preserves for child molesters, and we’ve paid salary and benefits to the molesters to run them.
In a culture that does that, we cannot possibly hope for a commitment to eradicate the institution of rape. If keeping someone from sexually molesting one’s body isn’t a basic human right that applies to everyone, then it’s a privilege, and we’ll never recognize it except for the privileged.
I’ve run out of words. I don’t know what else to say.