Rape less likely in prison

IT’S a myth that rape is rampant in Australia’s prisons, research shows.

In fact, incarceration could actually reduce a person’s risk of being forced into sex, researcher Professor Basil Donovan says.

A study on sex in prison conducted in NSW and Queensland jails found only 7% of male inmates reported ever engaging in sexual activity with another prisoner, while for women it was higher at 36%.

Anal sex was rarely involved, and for either gender the contact was usually consensual.

“Sexual coercion seems to be a disappearing phenomenon in prisons,” said Professor Donovan,