Ohio, Georgia, Illinois, SC Lead in Youth Detention Sex Abuse


Ohio’s Circleville Juvenile Correctional Facility has a sexual-assault rate estimated at 30.3 percent, second highest in the U.S., says the Columbus Dispatch, citing yesterday’s Bureau of Justice Statistics national survey reported in this digest. Georgia’s Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center was first. Two other Ohio correctional facilities also post rates among the highest in the nation for rape and other sexual acts forcefully committed against juvenile offenders. The Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility (23.2 percent), and Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility (19.8 percent), were in the top 13 facilities with the highest rates, the report showed. The Ohio Department of Youth Services has more than 1,000 cameras in its four youth dentition facilities. Staff members receive specialized training to guard against sexual misconduct. Joining Ohio among the states with the most incidents were Georgia, Illinois and South Carolina. Some facilities reported no sexual assaults.

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