William Lunn, 56, who was incarcerated at The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services more than 25 times, told The Nassau Guardian that forced sexual encounters were commonplace in prison.
He said though it has been reduced of late because of the separation of inmates by gang affiliation, it was almost at epidemic levels in the past.
He said he was the victim of a sexual assault by another inmate.
“An officer came to my cell and he told me they were bringing some other people to that cell and they were moving me,” Lunn said.
“He took me out of my cell and he put me in a cell with this guy. I wouldn’t say I knew him but I knew who he was because I saw him on the street before. He came onto me like he was familiar with me, and then he asked me if I was into sexual stuff.
“I told him I wasn’t into that, and he pulled a big nail on me and he made me [perform a sexual act on him]. Imagine the biggest nail you could ever see.”
He added, “I’m grateful none of them got to actually rape me, per se, but I was forced to do some things on couple occasions because I was in fear of my life in there.”
However, Lunn recalled a time when another prisoner wasn’t as lucky.
“I was in a cell on G-block or F-block or one of them,” he said.
“I remember watching an officer bring in a young man and put him in a cell where there was known homosexuals. A short time later, I heard him crying.
“I heard him being told, ‘Shut up. Shut up, bey. What you making noise for? Don’t cause a scene.’
“It was the result of him being molested because I remember the next morning that they moved him and put him somewhere else.”
While Lunn noted that those were his worst experiences in prison, he said he was able to find God during one of his later stints at the prison.
“The last time I was in prison, I actually started like a church,” he said.
“I was in a cell with these three guys – two were robbers and one was a drug dealer – they could’ve seen I was based out so they were just ordering me around the cell to do a little cleaning and stuff like that.”
Lunn added, “I remember praying and after I came out of that prayer, one of the guys tried to authorize me and I said, ‘Brother, you can do anything you want to this flesh but you can’t put me in fear no more.’
“Then the chief gangster who was on the block overheard me and he said, ‘Bey, Eddie, who that is in your cell?’
“My cellmate replied, ‘That’s this baser, bey. That’s that Lunn.’
“The chief replied, ‘No, that ain’t no baser. That’s God’s son.’
“…We started a church out of that. Every night, we would have someone read the word. We’d have a song, a song service and we did that for like three months. So, when I came out I just continued.”
Lunn provides counseling, including anger management and conflict resolution, to at-risk men and ministers to them about his experience in prison.
He also works with Bahamian psychiatrist Dr. David Allen and his group counseling program, The Family, to provide support with individuals overcoming various issues.