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Commission on Sex in Prison

29.09.14 | News

HLCSIPIn 2013, The Howard League for Penal Reform established an independent Commission on Sex in Prison, in order to undertake the first ever review of sex inside prison.
There is currently little reliable evidence available on consensual or coercive sexual activity in prisons in England and Wales. Throughout 2013 and 2014, Commissioners focused on three broad themes:
•consensual sex in prison
•coercive sex in prison
•healthy sexual development among young people in prison
The Commission on Sex in Prison considered coercive sex, which could involve rape, harrassment, intimidation, assault or bribery. Commissioners will examine the issues surrounding consensual sexual relationships in prison, where sex is not allowed, and investigate the impact of imprisonment on adolescents who are developing a sexual self concept and exploring intimate relationships.
The purpose of the Commission on Sex in Prison is to understand the nature and scale of sex in prisons, investigate the key issues and problems and make recommendations with a view to make prisons safer.
Survivors Manchester is proud to have been part of the Report into Coercive sex in Prison by giving evidence to the commission. You can download the report here: Coercive sex in Prison Report.
To view all three reports from the commission, click here:
Commissio on Sex in Prison Publications.

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