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Shocking Report Reveals Epidemic of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Prisons

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Shocking Report Reveals Epidemic of Sexual Abuse in Juvenile Prisons

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An unprecedented report released last month by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has revealed some disturbing statistics about sexual abuse in U.S. juvenile detention facilities. Twelve percent of youth held in such facilities say that they have been sexually abused over the course of one year. Or, to put it nother way, more than 1 in 10 of young people under state supervision are molested and/or raped. Nearly all of these incidents involve a staff member (about 85 percent), while the rest involve another incarcerated youth. See full story here.

AlterNet
Wednesday, February 17, 2010