After watching the documentary in class on Monday, I have previously heard about female sexual abuse within prison. I was really bothered by this and I was interested in searching more on the topic.
Similarly to the film we watched, I found several similar stories about sexual abuse within prison’s, not just in the U.S. but countries such as Egypt, Syria and Iraq. What was similar between all of the violence in these countries was that the women were wrongfully taken advantage of by law enforcement in order to gain information or just for their pleasure to embarrass the women, and their families. With with these sexual acts, there is an aspect of disgrace that sometimes the women cannot even go back to their husbands, because most husbands do not want wives who have been unfaithful and “tainted.” This is sickening because these women are not at fault here, in these circumstances, it does not matter what criminal acts have been committed, what matters is that they are being wrongfully taken advantage of when they are most vulnerable and have no power.
In the type of world and society we live in today, things like sexual abuse in prisons should not be an issue. I understand that other countries are still lacking governance and order within themselves, but why is it ever justified to rape and sexually abuse someone? Never. The answer is never. This is the 21st century we do not follow “an eye for an eye” governance, nor have we fully followed that. Hearing about sexual abuse is unfathomable, and the documentary really brought that to light for me.