Widespread Sex Abuse Reported at Juvenile Centers
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government says 1 in 10 youths at juvenile detention facilities around the country reported having been sexually victimized by staff or by other youths.
The study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics found that among the more than 1,300 youths who reported victimization by adult staff, 9 out of 10 were male juvenile detainees reporting sexual activity with female staff members.
According to the bureau, about 2.5 percent of juveniles, or 450, reported a sexual incident involving another youth last year, and 7.7 percent, or 1,390, reported an incident involving facility staff.
The survey mandated by the Prison Rape Elimination Act defines sexual victimization as any unwanted sexual activity between youth and all sexual activity between youth and adult staff.
Young males made up more than 90 percent of the juvenile population at the facilities surveyed, and women accounted for nearly 45 percent of the staff.
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