36 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2015
Date Written: June 26, 2015
This article examines a little studied area at the intersections of masculinity, feminist studies, and criminal justice — sexual abuse of boys in custody by female staff. Professor Smith outlines the scope of the problem and discusses competing narratives that attempt to explain the phenomena: (1) female staff as “mother, sister, friend”; (2) adolescent development theory; (3) complex early childhood trauma; and (4) female authority and power. There is a gap in both masculinity and feminist theory in analyzing sexual aggression and power by women over boys. The talk article concludes with policy and practice prescription and recommendations for further theoretical development in the masculinity and feminist theory spaces to account for these phenomena.
Keywords: prisons, sexual expression, rape, violence, gender, masculinity
JEL Classification: K40, K42, K14, Z00, K49
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Smith, Brenda V., Boys, Rape and Masculinity: Reclaiming Boys’ Narratives of Sexual Violence in Custody (June 26, 2015). North Carolina Law Review, Vol. 93, 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2623618