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Is Sexual Assault a Problem in Greek Prisons? Initial Evidence from a Greek Male Prison

Department of Social Work, Hellenic Mediterranean University, 71004 Heraklion, Greece
Department of Social Work, University of West Attica, 12241 Athens, Greece
Health Care Centre of Arkalochori, 70300 Heraklion Crete, Greece
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Safety 2019, 5(4), 84;
Received: 13 September 2019 / Revised: 2 November 2019 / Accepted: 25 November 2019 / Published: 28 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Social Safety and Security)
This study aimed to explore the problem of inmate sexual victimization in a Greek male prison. A total of 400 individuals were approached in the largest Greek male prison and 50 individuals participated. The questionnaire examined sociodemographic, offence-related information, sexual victimization during incarceration, experiences of witnessing the sexual coercion of other inmates, and history of sexual victimization. Thirteen (26.0%) participants reported sexual victimization by an inmate, including either “only non-penetrative” or “only penetrative ones” or “both penetrative and non-penetrative” ones. The victimized participants also performed worse in child sexual victimization and self-esteem scores as compared with the non-victimized ones. Vulnerable groups identified in the current study could receive further attention in future studies and policy initiatives. Large-scale surveys could be designed to extend our knowledge on this neglected area of research. View Full-Text
Keywords: sexual assault; coercion; inmates; prison; offence; self-esteem sexual assault; coercion; inmates; prison; offence; self-esteem
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Papadakaki, M.; Tsalkanis, A.; Prokopiadou, D.; Goutsou, M.; Chliaoutakis, J. Is Sexual Assault a Problem in Greek Prisons? Initial Evidence from a Greek Male Prison. Safety 2019, 5, 84.

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