Friday, June 07, 2013

1 In 10 Juveniles Sexual Victims Says DOJ Study

Sexual Victimization In Juvenile Facilities - Mostly By Staff
An estimated 9.5% of adjudicated youth in state juvenile facilities and state contract facilities (representing 1,720 youth nationwide) reported experiencing one or more incidents of sexual victimization by another youth or staff in the past 12 months or since admission, if less than 12 months.

About 2.5% of youth (450 nationwide) reported an incident involving another youth, and 7.7% (1,390) reported an incident involving facility staff. 

An estimated 3.5% of youth reported having sex or other sexual contact with facility staff as a result of force or other forms of coercion, while 4.7% of youth reported sexual contact with staff without any force, threat, or explicit form of coercion. 

About 67.7% of youth victimized by another youth reported experiencing physical force or threat of force, 25.2% were offered favors or protection, and 18.1% were given drugs or alcohol to engage in sexual contact. The percentage of youth in Florida’s juvenile facilities reporting sexual victimization was 5.2%.

Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice

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