The United States contains 5% of the world’s women and 33% of its incarcerated women, more per capita, and in absolute terms, than any other country in the world. Though that’s only 7% of the US prisoner population overall, the statistics don’t reflect the uniquely horrible circumstances many incarcerated women faced before their convictions.
They’re girls who were victimized as children, ignored in substandard schools and unprotected by social services. Girls who dropped out of high school, self-medicated with alcohol or illegal drugs and then made mistakes that got them caught up the in the prison industrial complex.
The link is NSFW as a casual glance can admit of negative interpretations, and since they’re going for bitter levity, I’m providing this content-warning that the site is not for everyone who might suffer. I enjoyed an appreciative laugh at the headline, “I Anonymously Reported My Rape For the Anonymous Attention.” Thanks to Justin Weinberg at Daily Nous for the alert:
The humor site Reductress has currently dedicated its main page to stories about sexual assault. Some excellent work here.