Sexual Violence Plagues South African Prisons, worldaidscampaign.org,
September 4, 2009
South African detention facilities are plagued by sexual abuse, in contravention of domestic law and international human rights principles. The country’s prisons tend to be overcrowded, 2 and suffer from high levels of violence and poor management.3 Pre-trial detainees,4 firsttime, non-violent offenders, and those who are gay or transgender, physically small or mentally disabled are among the most likely targets of sexual abuse.5 Gangs play an integral role in perpetuating sexual violence in South Africa’s prisons.
Sexual Violence Plagues South African Prisons