Men Raped More Than Women In US

More than 216,000 prison inmates were raped while serving time in 2008.

Compare that figure to 90,479 rapes, most assumed to be women reported outside of prison. Of those rapes, 94% of the victims were female, and 99% of the perps male.

But inside jail, both men and women are perps - including those guarding the prisoners. The targets are the younger prisoners in the 18 to 25 age group.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics found sexual abuse rates in juvenile detention were as high as 9.5 per cent in 2012.

High rates of abuse were found among gay, lesbian and mentally ill inmates.

The concept is clear - if you want to avoid rape stay out of jail. As a female, if you want to defend yourself against rape you'd better even the odds with a weapon. And that weapon better sting a little more than the shrill sounds of a whistle.

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