Male Inmate Same Sex Sexual Relations

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Homosexuality Few scholars have pursued the topic of male inmate same-sex sexual relations (Hensley and Tewksbury 2002). Anywhere from one-in-five or one-in-three male inmates have engaged in same-sex encounters (Hensley et al. 2001; Tewksbury 1989). The most compelling evidence is that male inmates who have engaged in same-sex relations are 52 times more likely to transform their sexual orientation. Related with this transformative process may be because of the exposure to variant sexual behaviors during their incarceration (Gibson and Hensley 2013). Male inmates that identified as homosexual or bisexual prior to the incarceration stated that they sought out other inmates for various reasons that included a desire for intimacy and/or a new outlook on life, boredom, and provocation (Barth 2012). Of interest, only non-heterosexual male inmates noted that they had an intention for intimacy during their pursuit for same-sex sexual relationships. Even so, male inmates are not as accepting of prison homosexuality when compared to female inmates (Blackburn et al. 2011). Types of Inmate Sexual behavior Male inmates tend to face a number of sexual behaviors consecutively which graduate from one to the other, whereas female inmates generally experience either coerced or consensual sexual encounters (Warren et al. 2010). Ordered by the level of violence, these forms of sexual behavior included consensual sex, bartered sex, victimization, and predation. Like consensual sex, male

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