12% Of Incarcerated Youths Report Sexual Victimization


An estimated 12 percent of youth in state operated and large locally or privately operated juvenile facilities reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization by another youth or facility staff in a federal survey, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reported today.

The National Survey of Youth in Custody limited reporting by youth to incidents occurring in the last 12 months or since their admission to the facility, if less than 12 months. About 4.3 percent of youth reported having sex or sexual contact with staff as a result of force; 6.4 percent of youth reported sexual contact with staff without any force, threat, or other explicit form of coercion. About 95 percent of youth reporting staff sexual misconduct said they had been victimized by female facility staff. In 2008, 42 percent of staff in juvenile facilities under state jurisdiction were female.

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