Ben Carson Says Prison Rape Is Proof That Homosexuality Is A Choice

I think I will just not make my comments about this known and let the story speak for itself.

In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo Wednesday, Ben Carson argued that homosexuality is a choice, using sex in prisons as a primary example to prove his point.

Carson, who announced the first step toward a presidential bid Tuesday, told CNN that he “absolutely” believes homosexuality is optional. He said, “[A lot] of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they’re gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question.” He also maintained that states should be responsible for implementing same-sex marriage laws, as opposed to the federal government.

Carson’s comments belitte a major problem within the incarceration system: high rates of prison rape. Regardless of their sexuality, thousands of inmates are victimized by fellow prisoners and guards every year. According to a Bureau of Justice Statistics findings published last year, correctional administrators reported 8,763 instances of sexual victimization in 2011. Of the 537 cases that were substantiated, 52 percent involved inmate-on-inmate violence, and 48 percent involved a prison staff member. But those were just the reported cases, and authorities often turn a blind eye to prisoners’ complaints of sexual misconduct.

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