"I was raped at age 12 because I wasn't given the protection I needed," is how prison rape victim Troy Erik Isaac describes his experience. He’s one of the lucky ones: He survived.
It’s no longer a dirty little secret that rape—by both offenders and staff—occurs daily in American prisons. The dirty secret now is how little is being done to stop it. Recently, the New York Times and the Washington Postpublished stinging indictments of the Department of Justice for dragging its feet in approving standards and recommendations that would immediately halt the practice.