NEW STUDY: 1 in 3 Youth In Juvenile are Sexually Abused

October 5, 2015

A new study finds that nearly one out of every three youths at 13 juvenile detention facilities have reported some type of sexual victimization, said a government study issued yesterday that found widespread reports of youth sex abuse at correctional centers.

Nationwide, about 12 percent of youths held in state-run, privately run, or local facilities reported some type of sexual victimization, the Justice Department found in the first report of its kind. The rates varied widely among facilities. 10 percent of the complaints were against female staffers, and the other 2 percent involved other young inmates.