HIV is Living Among Black America

slidethumb_fuelDid you know that 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women are diagnosed with HIV?

Statistics from the Center of Disease Control [CDC] estimate that in 2010, there were 44 percent of African American adults and adolescents carry the horrific burden of contracting and spreading the virus—13 and older.

Accordingly, African Americans account for 13 percent of the entire population but present with the virus eight times more than whites.

Here are the numbers:

  1. 70% African American men (14,700) of all new cases out of the 20,900 new cases reported
  2. African American men account for 63.6 new cases out of 100,000 populace which is 7 times higher than white men
  3. Men having sex with other men account for 72 percent (10,600) of new cases, and gay and bisexual men between the ages of 13-24 than any other race represented which means that Bisexual and gay men are more than 3 times more affected than other races
  4. African American women represent 29 percent of all new cases, that is 6.100 of adult and adolescent women, but since 2008 there is a decrease to 21 percent
  5. 1 percent out of 100,000 women have the virus which is 20 times higher than white women and 5 times more than Hispanic and Latino women

The need to bring this news to your house is urgent, and urgent for us all as a group; even more than for the individual who suffers such a fate. Consequently, when speaking concerning HIV as an epidemic in America the premise here is that people may not feel that the issue affects them since it’s not in their house. However, generally speaking the premise here is not the houses we live in per se’, but the house of Africans as a nation within America whose members are attracting the virus daily. Let us not forget that end of the woeful event for many is death; therefore, there is a need to deliver this news to your door, to my door and the doors of our neighbors that we are dying ever so slowly from the silence of non-adherence to the call that HIV creeps softly, but AIDS kills loudly.

I want all of us to get this warning, because we see a very small sound coming from health officials concerning this matter, or, we do not take heed concerning taking care ourselves, to educate ourselves because our children are dying, our women, our men. It is the case, that with all the education available we must send this call out right up and to the doorsteps of every person to feed of its contents at the dinner table, and especially when we prepare to lay down unprotected.

I ask —do your love yourself? We are going in-depth about this topic, dedicating much time to discuss every single detail to alleviate and protect our house that means the group, the family and the individual. It is the case that if we do not learn the truth about the behavior that leads to contact then no one can save us.
Look for more information on HIV and African Americans coming soon!

Watch: Out of Control: The AIDS Epidemic in Black America

Your Sunday Bread: Know the Truth About It and Stun the World with Your Wisdom

discerment_true_falseI felt like that people who suffer in their mind, and that some are so severely vexed they cannot determine night from day and  are taken over by evil spirits.

In fact, when my husband’s mother was sick was the first time I had experience seeing a mental collapse in a person, or rather seeing to such a degree that I saw for the first time in that home she was placed in individuals whose minds had been taken over.

One woman in a wheel chair was having fits to such a degree that she was tormented and twisted. Hence, this place was filled with demonic spirits and I said that within myself as I sat there beside my mother in law, and then a while later as my husband and I were leaving that same woman which was sorely vexed stopped screaming and turned her head  to follow us with her stare. I was looking back and noticed as the demon took over once again as she went back to that tormented place in her mind. Screaming in agony and body twitching.

I thought to myself that I should go back and pray, but did not because I was scared hearing so many stories, especially about demonic forces. However, there are still many forces to be reckoned with in everyday life because when people cannot think straight it shows. Therefore, it shows in the jails, in the hospital rooms, it shows in the sanatoriums, and it shows in us when we cannot believe truth, that is, that Yah can do the impossible.

About the following  video,  “Sign and Wonders| Glenda Jackson?” there have been many instances where so called miracles have been performed through deceiving spirits taking unsuspecting and desperate souls unawares.benny-hinn  It is the case that just because someone says they are prophetic doesn’t mean prophecy in the sense of biblical standards but in divination, which is fortune telling or a soothsayer, and the scriptures speak of how Paul was on his way to the temple and was accosted by such. The lesson in this is when to determine what is fake and what is of Yah.

In essence, do not put your money up when you can receive your healing free through your belief in the true Name of the Most High [See: Signs and Lying Wonders: Will You Be Deceived?].

 Read:

”And it came to be, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of Puthon, did meet us, who brought her masters much profit by foretelling. Having followed Sha’ul and us, she cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High Elohim, who proclaim to us the way of deliverance.” And she was doing this for many days. But Sha’ul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the Name of יהושע Messiah to come out of her.” And it came out that same hour. But when her masters saw that their anticipation of money-making was gone, they seized Sha’ul and Sila and dragged them into the market-place to the rulers. And having brought them to the captains, they said, “These men, being Yehuḏim, greatly disturb our city, and they proclaim practices which are not right for us to receive nor to do, being Romans.” And the crowd rose up together against them. And the captains tore off their garments and commanded them to be beaten with rods. And having laid many blows upon them, they threw them into prison, commanding the jailer to keep them safely, who, having received such a command, put them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in the stocks.” (Acts 16:16-28).

We should beware of the deception because the people are being robbed instead of healed. It is not the case that no people are healed, but that some people come in a name that is deceptive. Do you know the difference? As we see with the set apart ones coming in the Right name to cast out demons can cause some problems for the money makers.

For your hearing:

Matthew 24:24

Watch: Sign and Wonders| Glenda Jackson

Forms of Law and their implications

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Dark blue: Common law jurisdictions. Light blue: Jurisdictions with mixed systems using elements of common law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pember and Calvert (2013) discuss “Common Law” and define it to be as old as America dating back to the Anglo-Saxon era and is adopted or fashioned after British Law, and became common law to distinguish it from ecclesiastical law found in the church. Hence, the law was used to settle matter of the people according to their customs. Common law is inductive which says that court decisions and rules are established by what has happened before. Also, in this particular setting are found a judge and jury.  (p.2, 3. Para. 1, 3).

Similarly, American courts today are supported by this same common law and its standard where “Precedents” from prior cases are used to establish credibility in certain court cases.  For example, the infamous “Roe v Wade” case is used in many cases where women might be denied rights concerning their bodies in abortion issues to establish a precedent. The role of establishing a precedent does not stop there it infiltrates many other venues of law and those who find themselves at the mercy of the court. Murder is a huge issue where bout establishing precedent would be used. (i.e. Mass Murder, Rape, etc.). For the journalist who would write a story concerning either of the crimes mentioned, the notion that there has been a previous case to draw from can help them refresh their public’s  memory of a particular high profile case. For a reporter, storytelling is key and in turn keeps the public morale up; also sells papers if people are being kept abreast of these occurrences.

In “Equity Law” litigants are awarded damages and can apply for restraining orders. At first glance of this law I am reminded of Judge Joe Brown where people sue for damages and have the burden of proof; however, I would rather go with a civil suit like domestic violence where there could be damages accrued, pay for those awarded, and/or a restraining order granted to the victim. Although, many domestic violence cases are handle by a District Attorney; monetary awards can be sought in a civil type setting.

Pember & Calvert (2013) states, “The rules, and procedures under equity are far more flexible than those under common law. Equity begins where common law leaves off. Equity suits are never tried before a jury, and ruling come in the form of judicial decrees, not in judgments of yes or no.” Hence, the judge decides the outcome and makes the ruling on these types of cases.

As stated before, in this particular case there might be some sort of altercation where a boyfriend damages property by hitting a woman’s car with a bat and shatters the windshield. Also, he could have punched her and she needed to be seen by a dentist or see a physician for a bruising which has resulted in medical and dental bills. In most of this type cases the judge sets the standard of protection in the restraining order. All this I see as Equity Law. I think that it is up to the journalist to make these type of stories subject specific because the of the prevalence of these type issue; especially among stars who are seen publicly. Notably, the journalists’ job should also be to seek out ways to inform the public of how the case is handled instead of making the occurrence seem glamorous; if a black eye can be seen glamorous.

 

Finally, “Constitutional Law” where again, “Roe v Wade” case is used in many cases where women might be denied rights concerning their bodies. These rights recognized as “Inalienable Rights” in which the 1st Amendment to the United States Constitution says all men are entitled to the right of “Life, liberty and pursuit of happiness”. I argued this point in the gay marriage issue a while ago and was met with a barrage of insults and comments because of the biblical aspect; however, I continue to support gay rights or any other civil rights issue because for the government “belief in God” has nothing to do with “life, liberty and pursuit of happiness” no matter how morally wrong it might seem to someone else.

The text gives a description of the law saying, “Constitutions tend to be short, and, at the federal level and in most states, infrequently, amended.” (Pembert and Calvert, 2013, p.11. Para.2)

 

I believe journalists sometimes have to become teachers through all these; generally, reporting fact and truth that makes sense.

Your Sunday Bread, Addressing the Pulpit

Addressing members of the clergy’s behavior is a difficult situation. No one wants to see their pastor, the leader of their church caught in scandal, because not only does it bring the church a bad name, its members are looked upon harshly, and worst of all the word of God.

In all of this one might wonder what has become of this thing; or amazed at how this all came about.  Our church was popular someone might think, but within these perils of thought one must also consider whether their church has become popular for the wrong reasons.

Before we go on with this subject, we must note that people are quite hush hush about what goes on with the men of God; those who lead the flocks, and when the preacher is seen doing things contrary to the word of God, where sin is present no one wants to be the one to confront it. Most people are fearful of the man of God and most will use the word to excuse their inability to speak out. Actually, it is cowardice in its greatest display.

The scripture taken from Psalms 105:15 Saying, “Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm”, and the same in 2 Chronicles 16:22.

Although we shouldn’t touch those anointed many people  are portrayed doing that in the bible and more so in deed than words. Here we note that the prophets were being killed because of speaking God’s word to those who were idol worshippers and other sins.

The Prophet Elijah was chased out of town by a death threat from Jezebel in 1 Kings 19:2-3,

“Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.  And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.”

Prophets were killed for spreading the word of truth in those days.

Today, however, the men of God are seen having affairs, molesting students under their care and counsel, raping; and even participating in homosexual acts against its members which are most certainly acts against the word of God.

Sin is running rampart in the pulpits, our leaders falling under the lies of Satan and no one is saying anything.

No one wants to talk about it; that is, to straighten the man out!  Sadder still is prayer being manifested as a last resort when those act already known by some in the church are made public. Hence, we see our preachers being drug off to jail, sent to prison and one notable example  is of a Pastor and Funeral Director who was murdered, hog tied and gagged; not for spreading the good news of Christ our Savior, but for deeds done against our Holy God and his church.

God says this:

 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.

 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth(Suppress it) in unrighteousness;

 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four footed beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves:

 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

(Romans 1:16-18, 22-25) (Emphasis mine)

Pastor John Piper explained homosexuality as “worship of self” as a form of idolatry which in turn leads to men and women’s lust of same sex which is idolatry.

God gives explicit word for people who accept this in church and out as well. He says about the homosexual that he gave them up to this life style to do what they will, which in turn leads to more sin.

The observation here is that these things are occurring in the Roman Church who the author speaks to. Notably, people might believe that he is speaking to someone outside; this is what one would expect, but sadly we cannot tell the world from the church.

God says, “
 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.

 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,

 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, (Romans 1:27-30)

And covenant breakers; the church:   

 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:

 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. (Romans 1:31-32).

The main concern is to judge what is right and stop turning a blind eye to sin. There is something wrong when people called by the name of God cannot open their mouths and speak truth no matter who it is.

Probably the most heinous crimes are not done by people unsaved, but by people who call themselves saved. Now everybody is shocked and taken aback because someone they idolized and worshipped instead of God has left them disappointed and dumbfounded. Why are we shocked when we don’t pray, when we don’t speak truth even to the ones who teach us.

We have to take the church back it has become a breeding ground of sin. God is not pleased and is bringing his wrath in judgment.

above all things pray without ceasing

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HIV/AIDS Drug First Introduced as Cancer Cure

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The drug, AZT was originally created by scientist Jerome P. Horwitz in the 1960’s, and was first thought to be a cure all for those with cancer. Sadly, today there is still not a cure for cancer, however, AZT is the drug highly recommended and approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1987, as treatment of HIV and AIDS.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the Advanced Immunodeficiency Syndrome are names given to illnesses derived from a virus that tears down the body’s natural immune defense system, rendering those who suffer helpless to fight outside diseases. Hence, a virus such as the common cold can be fatal to someone who is exposed to the  foreign germs.

AZT was the first drug sold to decrease the duplication of the virus in the body, and combined with other drugs has been effective in slowing the process of these deadly diseases. However, these combinations of drugs are not a cure, but life has been sustained because of its existence.

Statistics from the  Centers for Disease Control  show that the United States has new cases reported more so in the south.

New AIDS diagnoses:

At the end of 2010, the South accounted for 45% of the estimated 33,015 new AIDS diagnoses in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, followed by the Northeast (24%), the West (19%), and the Midwest (13%).

AIDS in the United States, by Race/Ethnicity

Most people receiving an AIDS diagnosis in 2010 or living with an AIDS diagnosis at the end of 2009 were black, white, or Latino, reflecting the majority population groups of the United States.

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Watch: Living with HIV: Andre’s Journey

A CALL TO SHAKE THE NATIONS & THE FAMILY

Matthew 10: 33-39

“But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.

Do not think that I came to bring peace (or even prosperity) on earth; I did not come to bring peace (or even prosperity), but a sword (war with My word of Truth).”

“For I came to set a Man against his Father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter in law against her mother in law; and a man’s enemies will be members of his own household.”

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. “He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.” (Emphasis mine)

Our walk for God isn’t an easy one, because sometimes we have to go places that are not comfortable and that surely make no sense at all. I have read these verses many times and thought that this was a prophecy seeing that Moms and daughters, fathers and sons (alike) sometimes don’t get along well this had come to light. Remembering my own volatile relationship with my mother is probably the reason I thought this way; but this is not what God is saying here at all.

We have some rough stuff dealing with our families don’t we? I have been prepping my 12 year old to love a righteous life, been taking (sometimes dragging) her to church; urging her to read the word. At school encouraging her to stay focused, helping her to prepare her mind for higher learning, talking to her about the best high schools here, and the college she will attend(she has some say in all these), because she has a voice; always encouraging her to make sound decisions for herself. Amen.

So it was surprising when she came home the other day and said, “Mama, I don’t want to go to college when I finish high school!”

This was a surprise because ever since elementary school she had made it known to all who would listen was that she wanted to be a Heart Surgeon, Amen. She has the mind to help people and I can see her in that field. Well, she came home that day and exclaimed to me that she no longer wanted this, because she didn’t like math or school and that she wanted to be a movie star. Unfortunately, I didn’t take this too well, and told her after she had completed college and medical school she could do what she wanted with her life; that she could go to New York and learn to be an actor or whatever it is they do, but that she would have a stable livelihood until this happened for her; she agreed. But the reason she agreed was that I explained how hard it is for actors to break into that business, some of them take jobs like everyone else to survive; and still some never get in. We know that Persistence is key when dealing with our children.

But what about the child that came home one day and told his parents that he/she is gay or lesbian what is there to do in a situation like this? Of course if we are Christians and actually living for God, we know that this type of behavior is not of God…Amen. Many of us are facing this now, and still others have family members who live this life style. Even now some families have been torn apart because the child has felt abandoned and unaccepted because of their choice. What are the parents to do? We love our kids don’t we? This is a hard pill to swallow for any parent, and as a result their children have left their families and cut off all ties. But what does the word say about any sin…

What about our children having sex unmarried? The question now becomes do we trust God and deliver the word without thought that we maybe rejected by our children? What about those of us who allow our children’s or any family member to influence us into giving in to them? I don’t drink so do I allow drinking and drunkenness in my home because they are my children, No! This makes me guilty as if I had done it! If God says it’s wrong to be drunk with wine then why would I allow it in my home? am I going along with them in their drunkenness and other deviant behavior to keep peace? Then I may as well get a glass and share in their folly, because I have denied God’s word in this and allowed it to happen. Wow!

This is not an easy word to see or grasp, because some say that, “whatever they do they will do with or without me!” and they say, “I would rather let them do it here then elsewhere!” Sure we want them to be safe…but what does the word say?

It says, “come from among them!”(and their behavior) It does not say, except when it’s my family. Wow! Sin is sin no matter who does it. We are called to speak the word no matter who it is, but this is where the problems come. Because some of us haven’t been on good behavior in front of our kids and have done some stuff. So in all likelihood we don’t say anything because we don’t want to hear those inevitable words, “You did it!”

But God says, to “be bold and courageous,” So this is where the rubber meets the road.

Bear arms and speak the word….it will save them! Boy, this is a good word for all of us…hope it helps!

Watch: Donnie McClurkin gets REAL! pt. 1

 

Sin in the Big House

In Americathe people of society have become hypocrites, and even the fabric of integrity

which has made America great has been cast aside and replaced with Godlessness. Correctional institutions spring up everywhere with the intention to keep hardened criminals; the bad actors of society away from so-called “good citizens,” but the people kept have become an outlet for clandestine activities and fantasies of the undercover  wicked. Why is it that in the public eye, and the stigma of homosexuality has been broadcast as wrong with reasons given that if one is to have sex then it should be between a man and a woman? Yet, the act of homosexuality has replaced the Godly act between man and woman with a lie; men with men is un-natural and is wrong because God says it is whether behind prison walls or without.  Thus, homosexuality has become an acceptable reason among society that this should take place there; just as unwed sex has been accepted by the whole of society; it is wrong in prison and without. The conversation of sex in prison goes further to say that it is wrong for the guard and prisoner to participate; but why? Is it wrong because it is an act between guard and prisoner, or because two unmarried people should not have sex in the first place? First, it is wrong because God says it, “thou shalt not commit fornication” (Exodus 20:14). Secondly, to have sex while one is incarcerated; especially between an employee of the state and the prisoner he is hired to watch is wrong. It is also noted that not only are most of these excursions between guard and inmate frequent but that each encounter may be coerced; threats of any kind against a human life whether prisoner or free is wrong. Certainly coerced sex is not consensual, because it is rape and  it is wrong. Hence, prison life reveals prisoners raping fellow prisoners in violent attacks, and there is notice of racial initiated vengeance acted out through sexual upheaval.

Prison overcrowding seems to be an additive to an already aggravated situation.

Surely, a guarded prisoner should not endure such horrible treatment from anyone, and especially someone who is of like gender. What rights have another human being no matter the race to take advantage of another human being; hence, homosexuality is wrong and rape is wrong no matter who it is. Women seem to face an even more horrid ordeal than do their male counterparts upon entrance into prison grounds where homosexuality and rape among the females; surprisingly is as common if not more so than that of the men. Society paints a picture of guards being taken advantage of by the women, duped, manipulated into trade of  sexual favors for outside commodities such as drugs and cigarettes not available for the prisoners they guard, but could it be the situation at hand is most certainly initiated and coerced by male guards who can’t fight the temptation; a natural phenomenon  which attracts them to the female they were born to hunt? It is lust at the height of its passion inside the big house as once again someone is literally “screwed” in the name of justice. (De Amicis, A., (2005), Para. 3) Table 1: Taken from GAO Report, GAO/GGD-99-104, page-8 Staff-on-Inmate Sexual Misconduct Allegations Reported and Sustained at BOP, California, and Texas Female Prisons, Calendar Years 1995 to 1998. (De Amicis, A., (2005).

English: Prison guard at Parramatta Correction...English: Prison guard at Parramatta Correctional Centre (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Calendar years 1995 to 1998 Staff-on-inmate sexual misconduct BOP California Texas Total Number of allegations reported

  • 236 BOP
  • 117 California
  • 153 Texas
  • 506 Total

Number of allegations sustained (staff  resignations, employment terminations, or other administrative sanctions)

  • 22 BOP
  • 22 California
  • 48 Texas
  • 92 Total

Total allegations sustained as apercentage of allegations reported

  • 9% BOP
  • 19% California
  • 31% Texas
  • 18% Total

According to the above graph it is obvious that guards are more involved than they admit when it comes to rape and the female prisoner.

A view for the years of 1995 to 1998 reveals

  • 22 allegations for the years during 1995 to 1998
  • 18 staff resigned, 3 were employment terminations and
  • 1 staff reassignment.

As table 1 reflects, each of these allegations involved sexual abuse which is defined by the law as potentially criminal conduct. Out of these 22 allegations, the facts support that 14 allegations were sustained and resulted in criminal prosecution with convictions.” The author goes further to state that there were 6 out if 7 of the officers accused who resigned, and neither faced derogative comments in their file, or jail time. (De Amicis, A., (2005), Para1).

It seems unfair that not all accused don’t face more of a reprimand or suffer lengthy prison sentences because any way the situation is viewed it is rape and is certainly unfair treatment and abuse of women. What is impressive about human beingsbeing kept like cattle or horses in stalls? What is being done to eliminate inhumane conditions,  because according to statistics in relation to prison overcrowding numbers indeed are at a recording breaking high? Further noted is the  result of this overcrowding, sexual abuse, violence, and other unethical conditions is overwhelming. Mariner states, “Prison overcrowding has expanded and has failed to keep up with the pace of inmate numbers.” She states further, “that many state prisons squeeze in many more people than there are designed to hold which leave them bursting at the seams. Numbers indicate that 15 percent of state prisons are in operation above capacity, and federal prisons are 31 percent above recommended capacity”(Mariner, J., (2002), pp. 9, Para 9-10).

The lack of adequate staff  that may also be a cause of prison overflowing from the seams, and it is also noted that not only are trained staff officers scarce, the lack of available funds seem to be an issue when it comes to educating and preparation for duty. Texas is an example given with supra problems in the area of trained corrections staff in the area of inmate work, substance abuse programs and other areas of need. Hence, because of lack of sufficient pay there is an astronomical turnover for staff; being that many are apt to quit because they are underpaid. ” (Mariner, J., (2002), pp. 9, Para 9-10).

“Also, lawsuits filed by prisoners indicate that there is a lack of humane conditions and respect found in offenses like:  “around the clock rack downs in small windowless cells, unheated rooms, no exercise equipment, twenty-four hour video surveillance with female guards to watch them shower and  urinate. Enhanced mental illness issues seem to be a problem as well because of overcrowding, and are under scrutiny by judicial official. There are also reports stating that that those suffering mental illness whose condition and symptoms isolates them, and who face further isolation because of these crowed conditions. The authors states, “the scrutiny of judicial affiliates warranted investigation of complaints filed by plaintiffs included; social isolation, idleness, and limited sensory stimulus aggravated the symptoms of the mentally ill.” (Mariner, J., (2002), pp. 10, Para 7). Therefore, one wonders what is to be the outcome of such horrid and inhumane conditions? Surely there must be further scrutiny and evaluation of issues faced by prisoners who live this way. For rape conjugal visits seem to be a consideration for some male prisoners.

Plans for the future seem to be of immediate concern; the author notes that “The United States Supreme Court has declared that prison rape constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment” under the Eighth Amendment of the U.S Constitution. Despite widespread recognition of the problem, prison officials and law enforcement agencies take little action to combat the occurrence of male rape within the U.S. prison system. Inmates report that prison officials often do not investigate claims of male prison rape and prosecutors rarely bring charges against the perpetrators.” (Wyatt, R., (2006), pp. 579-80, Para. 2).

The graph above shows that this statement is true, and since this is so what can be done for those that can’t seem to keep themselves to themselves. One option is to allow them conjugal visits, but does it, will it work? To reiterate an earlier statement humans are sexual creatures; especially men because of their need sex causes problems. The  author brings another point of view which says, “Prison authorities tend to report lower incidences of prison rape. According to the U.S. Justice Department, only 10% of inmates report physical or sexual assaults. Prison officials admit, however, that they may under report incidents of rape because it is hard for them to tell whether sex acts in prison are non-consensual.” Inmates are often coerced into performing sex acts through non-physical means and appear to be willing participants. Some inmates agree to engage in sex acts with other inmates because they are afraid that if they refuse to do so they will be severely beaten. Therefore, it may seem to prison officials that they have consented to participate in sexual relationships with other inmates.” (Wyatt, R., (2006), pp. 587, Para. 1).

What are the effects of rape in prison whether it male or female? “Psychologically, suicide is one out that prisoner’s take. There is an account of a young boy who was placed in an adult facility because he committed arson, and was there only a week when he was attacked and raped.  The author goes on to say that medical examination declared and confirmed rape, and the boy asked to be placed in single cell for fear of his safety; but was not. The young man wrote home to his father telling him of the violent assaults happening to him, and as the rapes continued the boy finally having enough of it hung himself. (Wyatt, R., (2006), pp. 589, Para. 1).

Concerning health “Studies indicate that the HIV rate among prisoners is “several fold higher” than that of the general public, and indicates that being incarcerated is a cause of the spread of the deadly virus.” (Wyatt, R., (2006), pp. 589-590, Para. 1, 2,).The financial costs of those raped in prison are astronomical, because of law suits brought against prison officials, substance abuse treatment once outside of prison increases. Therefore, costs increase to treat ex-convicts, and there is difficulty for some people to readjust to life outside prison walls; this in turn also affects the safety of society as a whole when people who have suffered brutalized rapes are more likely to commit more crimes outside prison. The author states that, “This finding is especially troubling when one considers that approximately 600,000 inmates are released from U.S. state and federal prisons systems each year.” (Wyatt, R., (2006), pp. 591, Para. 1). Surely, society has an even bigger problem than the law broken. It is when in the midst of despair and defeat people of the religious community say the answer is found in hope in God, and this view begins to make sense when unethical and sinful behaviors run riot for those held captive in the prison system? Is God the way out?  Prison Chaplains seem to think so and consider their job of importance. The author states, “From the research that has been conducted, investigators have found that chaplains occupy a unique position between prisoners and their custodians by overseeing rehabilitation efforts and by serving as “agents of change.” (Kerley, Matthews & Shoemaker, (2009), pp. 88, Para 2).

Ultimately, America must come to acceptance of the error of its ways. Yes, it is right seeking justice for those who break the law to be punished, but along with the punishment; does the thought that rape is, or that homosexuality  is wrong because of only those free? America needs its integrity back, because it is wrong for prisoners to be forced into positions of compromise because one fear for their life. One man’s tale gives evidence of the decision to give up and give into the brutal attacks comes on him saying,” “I had no choice but to submit to being [an inmate ‘s]prison wife. Out of fear for my life, I submitted to sucking his dick, being fucked in my ass, and performing other duties as a woman, such as making his bed. ” “I’m a tall white male, who unfortunately has a small amount of feminine characteristics. . . . These characteristics have got me raped [in prison] so many times I have no more feelings physically. I have been raped by up to 5 black men and two white men at a time. “I go through nightmares of being raped and sexually assaulted. I can’t stop thinking about it. I feel everyone is looking at me in a sexual way.” (Wyatt, R., (2006), pp. 579, Para. 1).  Homosexuality is wrong as is prisoner-guard relations because God says it, and most certainly rape is wrong; because it tears down human dignity and character. America it is time to wake up and do something about your sin problem in the big house.

©Copyright,2011, (Dailey, K., 2011)

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