During December 2004 and January 2005 the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) conducted fieldwork to survey male youths' experiences of the Boksburg Youth Correctional Centre (BYC).
Young men held at the Centre were randomly selected and interviewed on their experiences of violence, sex and sexual violence in prison as well as on more general personal features and situations in the institution. This brief gives a snap-shot of the youth, their reported views and experiences of certain aspects of life in the facility and issues related to HIV and AIDS, sexuality and gender.
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.