The Case of a Former Convict: Prison Victimization

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    • 00:04

      SPEAKER 1: The turning point for me, which, in one sense,was the worst thing but also the best thing thathappened for me was when another inmate started to play gameswith me.And then I don't know if I want to say if I was punked outor if I was sexually assaulted.But it was October of 1997 when I ended up

    • 00:34

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: engaging in what I call-- I say sexually assaultedby the other inmate where he threatened to kill mewhile having sex with me.And it's-- and that just changed everything.Because suddenly, I realized it'slike-- they talk about victim empathy-- it's like, OK.

    • 00:58

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: I suddenly really understood the hellthat sexual assault victims went through.And my own sexual victimization did not go away.I was paranoid.I had flashbacks.There was the cold chills.There was nightmares.The prison guards didn't believe me.

    • 01:19

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: And there was like a feeling of helplessness.And through that experience, I turned to God.And that's when I say when my faith became real,when I understood that I either needed to get real with Godor I needed to die.And I became, I guess, you'd say gung ho

    • 01:44

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: with treatment in prison.And I was brutally honest, because Iwas dealing with the after effects of a sexual assault.

The Case of a Former Convict: Prison Victimization

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Joshua Paul Benjamin discusses prison victimization and being sexually assaulted in prison.

The Case of a Former Convict: Prison Victimization

Joshua Paul Benjamin discusses prison victimization and being sexually assaulted in prison.

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