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ERIC Number: EJ880478
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1050-9674
Inmates' Cultural Beliefs about Sexual Violence and Their Relationship to Definitions of Sexual Assault
Fowler, Shannon K.; Blackburn, Ashley G.; Marquart, James W.; Mullings, Janet L.
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, v49 n3 p180-199 2010
Effective strategies aimed at prison sexual assault require inmates to possess the same definition of sexual assault as prison administrations. This article argues that prison culture is rape-supportive and inmates may not define sexual assault as such. After analyzing questionnaire responses given by male and female inmates in a large Southern prison system, results suggest that increases in subscriptions to inmate rape-supportive beliefs restrict acts of sexual violence from being defined as sexual assaults. Policy recommendations focus on changing inmate culture in addition to informing inmates about what behaviors constitute prison organizations' definition of sexual assault. (Contains 2 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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