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

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Department of Social Work, Hellenic Mediterranean University, 71004 Heraklion, Greece
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Department of Social Work, University of West Attica, 12241 Athens, Greece
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Health Care Centre of Arkalochori, 70300 Heraklion Crete, Greece
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Safety 2019, 5(4), 84; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety5040084
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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