Sexual violence is structured into capitalism. The normalising of prison rape proves that sexual assault is less about gender relations and more about the exertion of power and control.
According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, 200,000 people were sexually assaulted in American detention facilities in 2011 alone. That means a prisoner in the US is 30 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than a woman outside of prison. These assaults are not included in national crime statistics. Prison rape is not treated as a crime but as an expected consequence of imprisonment.