[Svrilist] UN: Sex abuse still rife in U.S.

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Tue May 23 09:27:17 SAST 2006


Posted on Sat, May. 20, 2006
UN: Sex abuse still rife in U.S. prisons
Associated Press

GENEVA - U.S. prison authorities have failed to protect inmates against
sexual violence, a U.N. report said yesterday.

The U.N. Committee Against Torture criticized slowness in investigating
claims of sexual assault in prisons in the United States and said
"appropriate measures to combat these abuses have not been implemented."

It noted that people of "differing sexual orientation" were particularly
vulnerable.

The Prison Rape Elimination Act, signed into law by President Bush in
2003, was designed to combat sexual violence in prisons - once treated
as a minor, if not invisible problem - by requiring states to draft
prevention, education and monitoring plans.

According to background information in the 2003 law, at least 13 percent
of U.S. inmates have been sexually assaulted in prison.

In its last review of U.S. anti-torture policies six years ago - before
9/11 - the committee cited the United States' use of electroshock
devices to restrain prisoners, "excessively harsh" conditions in prisons
for the most violent offenders and police ill-treatment of civilians.






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