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A man who was raped by inmates during a "scared straight" prison tour four decades ago says not a day goes by that he doesn't relive those terrifying moments. The B. The tour was one of the terms of his probation for a break and enter in which he and his friends busted into a house, stole a TV and drank some juice from the refrigerator. It was his first offence. He was 13 or 14 years old. What did it mean for you this week to get this financial award from the British Columbia Supreme Court?
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And I'm in my own little prison myself — and I will be for life. So you had a probationary sentence, the judge gave you. How did he explain this idea of having a "scared straight" prison visit?
I got a life sentence at then i was raped in prison.
What he explained to my parents is they have a scared straight prison program, and what it's supposed to do is scare the kids straight so they stop getting in trouble. So in principle, that was the idea. But in practice, it was a nightmare, wasn't it? Well, the probation officer dropped me off at the front gate and then I was taken in by a guard and we went up a couple of tiers in the jail and there was five inmates standing there. And there was no other adult supervision? Nobody came with you? They put you in there, gave you to the guard, and that was it.
Nobody protecting you. After they had finished raping me, he took me out of the cell. I don't want to swear, but he said, "That's what happens to little F-ers like you. And then he took me across the parkling lot. I find out now that it is called "the hole. It felt like forever. Then he came back and he took me out of the cell and he says, "Nobody's going to believe you.
When he said, "Nobody's going to believe you," he meant about being raped by these inmates. I don't know.
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I just, like I say, I was just so ashamed. I was blaming myself. That I deserved what I got. And I relied on what the correction officer said: "Nobody's going to believe you. Oh yeah, I was bleeding. Yeah, I was bleeding.
I was repeatedly raped in prison
For at least a week. I had to hide by underwear from my mother, and I threw them in the alley behind the house. I was seeing her two, three times a week and she had noticed something was up. And you were still suffering the nightmares. You were still living that day over and over again. We're not using your name, but you have agreed to tell us this horrible story about what happened to you. Why is that? What do you want to accomplish by making this story public?
It's not about the money for me any more. Because the money's nothing. It's not going to fix anything. My main thing is I would like to get the voice out there Tell somebody. This is not OK. Something needs to be done. These predators need to be caught and imprisoned. And enough is enough. It wrecks way too many lives.
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Warning: This story contains graphic details about sexual assault. Read Story Transcript A man who was raped by inmates during a "scared straight" prison tour four decades ago says not a day goes by that he doesn't relive those terrifying moments. Here is part of their conversation.
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