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Old 9th August 2002, 11:17
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[i][b]PRISON FELLOWSHIP PRESIDENT TESTIFIES AT PRISON RAPE REDUCTION ACT HEARING



Rodney Hulin was sixteen years old when he and his brother decided to set a dumpster on fire in their neighborhood. Through tears, his mother, Linda Bruntmyer, shared the story of Rodney’s eight-year sentence to an adult prison, which resulted in multiple instances of physical and psychological abuse, including rape, before Rodney committed suicide in his cell. Neither she nor Rodney was able to find help, inside or outside the prison.

Linda Bruntmyer was one of five witnesses, including Prison Fellowship president Mark Earley, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the Prison Rape Reduction Act of 2002. The act was introduced into both the Senate and the House in early June of this year. Support for the bill comes from an unlikely coalition: Senators Ted Kennedy and Jeff Sessions, Representatives Frank Wolf and Bobby Scott, Chuck Colson, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Focus on the Family, and the Religious Action Center of Reformed Judaism.

At the July 31 hearing, Mark Earley expressed Prison Fellowship’s concern about the issue, reminding listeners that being "tough on crime" does not mean we should tolerate rape. Since prisoners have no control, we are given a greater responsibility to ensure their basic human rights.

The story of Rodney Hulin brought to life the already shocking statistics. Conservative estimates find that one in ten inmates is raped in prison. Currently there are two million prisoners in America, and low-range estimates find that 250,000 of them are raped each year. For the 5 percent of Americans who will be in prison someday and for their families, this is an issue of very real concern. And because 95 percent of prisoners are released back into society, this is a frightening reality for everyone.

The legislation works to create three programs within the Justice Department. One would collect statistics on the frequency of rape in prison—at the moment, there is not a single federal agency that does this. Another would provide a way for prisoners to report rape confidentially when it occurs, without the fear of being branded a "snitch." The third program will issue grants to state and local governments to enhance education about prison rape and reward those prisons that succeed in preventative measures. The Act also creates a commission to examine the problem of prison rape in America at large.

Mark Earley assured the audience during his testimony that the passage of this Act is one of the first steps in breaking through the culture of tolerance for prison rape. With 2 million people in prison in this nation, he reminded us that we do not have to look very far to find someone affected by this issue, and that we could trust in the decency and compassion of the American people to not let this continue.

The Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism also testified. His words addressed the biblical view of the sanctity of life created in God’s image and the fact that this requires us to care for prisoners. Robert Dumond, a clinical mental health counselor and board member of the human rights organization Stop Prisoner Rape, testified to the mental and physical consequences of sexual assault. One risk is the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Currently the rate of HIV inside prison walls is ten times higher than that in the rest of society.

Several of the testimonies cited letters and stories gathered from Human Rights Watch in its 2001 report, No Escape, documenting prison rape across America. Hundreds of letters describe the same problem: inmates being raped and as a result experiencing depression, shame, loss of manhood, self-hatred, and as in the case of Rodney Hulin, suicide.

Prison Fellowship founder Chuck Colson has written, "We may be tempted, in the privacy of our hearts, to whisper, ‘They deserve it.’ But no matter what crime somebody has committed, no part of his sentence should include being sexually assaulted, exposed to sexually transmitted diseases, such as AIDS and hepatitis C, or degraded."

We have a responsibility as Christians to protect and care for "the least of these." Please write to your senators and representatives and urge them to co-sponsor Senate Bill 2619 and House Bill 4943. Push them to move this bill quickly, to put an end to our passive acceptance of this horrific crime. And if you or someone you know would like to tell us about a similar experience, please don’t hesitate to write to us. In the words of a prisoner who was severely beaten for refusing to submit to demands for sex by another inmate, "The opposite of compassion is not hatred, it’s indifference."

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Old 10th August 2003, 10:49
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MUSLIMS DON'T GET RAPED IN PRISON PERIOD!!!!


An ex-con told me that Islam is the only force that reforms most prisoners and unites the all the races in typically segregated prisons under a banner of peace and morality.

I've heard several stories of "would be" rapists getting punished for trying to violate Muslims. Especially in places like Minnesota and New York where the prisons have "old world" immigrant Muslims.





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Bet ya didn't know that went on here did ya?

The same officials who say our system was founded on the Bible and Judeo-Christian values ALLOW rampant rape and sodomy as well as "consentual" homosexual behavior to go on in the so-called correctional institutions.




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Old 9th October 2003, 21:57
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MUSLIMS DON'T GET RAPED IN PRISON PERIOD!!!!


An ex-con told me that Islam is the only force that reforms most prisoners and unites the all the races in typically segregated prisons under a banner of peace and morality.

I've heard several stories of "would be" rapists getting punished for trying to violate Muslims. Especially in places like Minnesota and New York where the prisons have "old world" immigrant Muslims.





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YEAH JIBARO WHAT IS THAT.
MUSLIMS GET REFORMED AND DON'T GET RAPED.

THEY SIMPLY GO BACK HOME, BREAK THE RIBS OF ONE OF HIS WIVES. GO AND PRAY ON THE CARPET WITH AN AK47 FOR A JIHAD.

AN AMERICAN REFORMATION IS NOT MUSLIM REFORMATION.

Bet ya didn't know that went on here did ya?

The same officials who say our system was founded on the Bible and Judeo-Christian values ALLOW rampant rape and sodomy as well as "consentual" homosexual behavior to go on in the so-called correctional institutions.

THAT ONLY MEANS THAT IS TIME FOR HUMANITY TO SEE THAT RELIGION IS A TRAGEDY.




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