Sex Abuse Allegations in Youth Facilities Rise in BJS Study

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Allegations of sexual victimization in juvenile correctional institutions increased by as much as 18 percent in state facilities and as much as 60 percent in local and private facilities from 2011 to 2012, according to a report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

Although the number of juveniles in state correctional facilities declined from 38,580 in 2006 to 19,095 in 2012, allegations of sexual victimization more than doubled between 2005 and 2012, states the report titled “Sexual Victimization Reported by Juvenile Correctional Authorities, 2007–2012.”

Findings of the report include:

  • 18% of the allegations (1,686) were substantiated, including 25 percent of youth-on-youth allegations and 10 percent of staff-on-youth allegations.
  • Nearly half (47 percent) of the victims of youth-on-youth sexual victimization were 15 years old or younger, although only one-third (30 percent) of youth in juvenile facilities were this age.
  • Victims were physically injured in 5 percent of the incidents of youth-on-youth sexual victimization, but none of the victims sustained physical injuries from staff-on-youth sexual misconduct.

Read the report HERE.

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