Government reveals prevalence of sexual assaults in juvenile detention centers

The federal government released this morning the first report on the prevalence of sexual assault in juvenile detention facilities. Should the study’s survey represent the entire youth offender population, more than 1 in every 10 children in detention was sexually assaulted in a 12 month period. In some facilities, more than 1 in 4 juveniles were abused. The vast majority of these offenses were perpetrated by corrections staff.

This staggering news points to the desperate need for states to adopt and enforce the recommendations for reform made by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission. The Commission’s report and recommendations provide detention centers with concrete ways to prevent, detect, and prosecute sexual abuse. The government has a moral obligation to protect people who are in its charge -- particularly vulnerable, impressionable youth.  No matter the crime, a just punishment never includes rape.

To learn more about how you can join the fight to stop prison rape, go to Justice Fellowship’s Get Involved: Stop Prisoner Rape issue page.


my child at 15yrs of age and in the states custody was charged with accessory after the fact She is dealing with the conscience that are 18 now.a 3 month old daughter who's daddy is 15 yrs old and incarcerated at this time

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