Is Sexual Assault in Prisons Caused by Sexual Desire?

Resources used to support "No"

Sex is a basic physiological need for all people. Just as food and water are basic needs, likewise is sex. Men and women who have been incarcerated for a prolonged length of time have no appropriate outlet for their sexual urges, so they turn to each other. Whether consensual or not, sex behind bars has been proven to be motivated by sexual needs, both by numerous studies and personal testimonials from both victims and perpetrators.

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