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Prison Rape | Breaking The Law

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Published on May 12, 2011

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If you knew that a man was going to be raped, would you want something done to stop it? Now, what if that man was in prison?

Estimates on the sexual assault rate inside Australia's prisons range from 2-14%. But the truth is, we don't really know, because most of our various state-based Corrective Services Departments don't ask. And even when they do, most prisoners are too scared to report it.

The majority of men sexually assaulted in prison are not powerful, violent criminals. They are young and vulnerable, like the man with cerebral palsy who tells Hungry Beast his story of being raped after going to prison for driving without a license.

This investigative report reveals a culture of rape inside Australia's prisons that we - government and citizenry - seem to ignore. Do your human rights really stop just because you're behind bars?

This investigative report was produced by Ali Russell, Kirk Docker & Scott Mitchell for ABC1's HUNGRY BEAST.

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