A new report indicates that "Facilities run by the New York State Department of Correctional Services have the highest rates of staff sexual abuse for both men's and women's prisons."
The study, conducted by the Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 88,500 adults held in U.S. prisons and jails are sexually abused annually, either by staff or fellow inmates. The survey paints a grim picture of a system of mass incarceration where all too many prisoners, stripped of their autonomy or ability to defend themselves, spend their sentences terrorized by sexual predators.
Defying some of the pop-cultural stereotypes, however, it turns out most of that predation is carried out by guards, rather than inmates.
You can read the study HERE. But one thing to keep in mind. This suggests that almost as many people are sexually assaulted in our prisons as outside (excluding date/acquaintance rape which accounts for the majority of sexual assault/abuse complaints).