This article explores the dynamics and layers of discourse surrounding sex, sexual violence and coercion in South Africa's male prisons. It explores how prison violence is ritualized and a fundamental part of the prison ecosystem, the blur between male rape and homosexuality while challenging the want of understanding with regards to male victimization.
Sasha Gear is a former CSVR Senior Researcher. She is Co-Director of the South African branch of Just Detention International. Sasha works closely with the South African Department of Correctional Services and civil society groups to address sexual abuse in detention and the associated health risks.