I have changed the title because what happened here can hardly be described as “sex”.
Reading about it has really upset me and stuck in my mind. We read about and hear about so many terrible things but this? I don’t even have words to describe what happened here.
If you have any compassion this story will make you sick to your stomach. But it needs to be heard. It needs to be exposed if we are to truly understand what we are fighting against and the necessity of overthrowing this barbaric, corrupt system where people can get away with such things and how a state of affairs can arise where people are simply locked up for money for scumbags like this to do as they will with them.
If nothing else it is an illustration how every aspect of our “humane” system is underpinned with violence and the threat of violence. Cases like this are how the US justifies the invasion of other countries.
The depravity and the impunity of the barbaric system which allows these bastards to get away with this and for their victims to be seen as so worthless that they got away with it for years. Oh, it’s OK. They’re only criminals.
The two defendants are getting less than two years between them. No doubt there were many more who haven’t been charged.
The greatest democracy on earth. What a sick joke.
A complaint for civil damages was recently filed against the Live Oak County jail system in Texas, naming the county and three guards as having turned the jail into their own personal sexual torture dungeon. The complaint alleges that three guards at the county jail ran a “rape camp” where they “repeatedly raped and humiliated female inmates,” and forced them to masturbate and sodomize male guards, and one another. The three guards named in the report are Vincent Aguilar, Israel Charles Jr. and Jaime E. Smith.
The complaint states, ”Beginning sometime in 2007 to at least August of 2010 the Live Oak County Sheriff’s office ran a ‘rape camp’ known as the Live Oak County Jail,” the complaint states. “In this facility, numerous jailers, all employed by the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office, repeatedly raped and humiliated female inmates over an extended period of time. These forced acts of lasciviousness included, but are not limited to, forcing female inmates to repeatedly perform oral sex on male guards, forcing female inmates to repeatedly masturbate the male guards, the male guards masturbating in view of the female inmates, male guards forcing digital penetrative sex acts in the female inmates’, forcing female inmates to engage in sexual sex acts with other female inmates, including but not limited to forcing female inmates to have oral sex with each other, among other things.”
“In addition to the repeated sexual assaults, numerous female inmates were sexually harassed. Certain male guards would strip the female inmates of their clothing and provide only shaving cream to conceal their genitalia. Certain male guards would sometimes force the female inmates to shower in front of them while instructing them to shave their vaginas. In other instances, while detailing their degenerate sexual fantasies, the jailers would pin the girls against a wall, grope their persons, verbally berate them, digitally rape their vagina and/or anus, then force them to perform oral sex.”
“In order to facilitate their carnal impulses, these guards would withhold food and water, engage in physical abuse, restrict privileges and verbally and emotionally abuse the women – even threaten to kill them in order to compel their compliance.”
The author of the report is a little naive talking about how all this is coming about as a result of a “need for vengeance” whereas in fact the prison industry in the US (and it’s coming here, too) is earning some people a lot of money. Nevertheless he or she makes some points which are spot on:
Presently, America has more prisoners than any other country in the world, by both per-capita and total population. No one does prison better than the land of the free, where 86% of the federal prison population is there for victimless crimes. The costs associated with this vast level of incarceration are staggering, and they are only going to get worse as the number of prisoners over the age of 65 is rising at 94 times the rate of the general prison population.
To me, I view our present prison system as a form of double victimization. When criminals are incarcerated, their victims are forced to pay for the associated incarceration costs through the tax system, so in essence, the system victimizes the victim twice. Further, in the vast majority of cases, at some point in the future, that prisoner is going to be released from prison. So society has a choice to make. They can either stick with the current system of vengeance based double victimization, which leads to high rates of recidivism and churns out exceptionally violent and sociopathic criminals, or society can look for more humane and cost efficient alternatives.
It seems that is a long way off.
It’s a grim topic but rape and the threat of rape is a key weapon in the oppression of women (and men) in a patriarchal capitalist society. The fear of violence and particularly the threat of rape helps to control people’s behaviour – for example, not going out after certain times, not wearing certain types of clothes, and socialise people into different roles, don’t behave in a certain way, too loud, too assertive or whatever or you might get raped. When institutional abuses occur victims of rape are routinely denigrated and blamed for what happened to them. Male rape and the phenomenon of prison rape is frequently viewed as something that is almost funny and in some way deserved.
You only have to look at the reaction of a huge range of institutions to the abuse of children by Jimmy Savile and other BBC presenters to see the results.
It is used and has been used as a weapon of war and to dehumanise the “enemy” throughout history. The most notorious example in recent years of the widespread use of rape as a weapon is the Congo where millions of women have been raped but there are countless examples in the history of the 21st and 20th century, such as the use of it by all sides in the Balkan conflicts during the 1990s.
The fact that these individuals were given such power over others and the fact that scumbags like this are given the authority to use that power with impunity is a symptom of the barbarity and the immorality of capitalism and its “monopoly on violence”. This is what it means, this is the system that law and order fetishists end up endorsing, a system which criminalises the poor and crimes against property more than crimes against people – and uses those crimes against people to legitimise its existence and to “keep order”.
The claim that the law enforcement industry is there to protect citizens against criminals is shown up as worthless by the fact that they allowed this rape camp to exist for so long and turned a blind eye to the abuse, and that now that it has been exposed, two of those responsible will receive less than two years between them despite the fact they are guilty. They are a worthless sham and should be treated with the contempt they deserve.