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Study: Juvenile Detention Staff Sexually Assault 20 Percent of Teen Inmates

| by Michael Allen
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The U.S. Military is not the only place where rape is rampant. Teenagers being held at juvenile detention centers across the United States are being subjected to widespread rape and sexual assault by the staff, according to a new survey by the U.S. Department of Justice.

In short, U.S. taxpayers are paying the staff and counselors at juvenile detention centers to rape teens.

A staggering 20 percent of juveniles who responded to the survey said they were raped or sexually assaulted more than 10 times.

The survey polled about one-third of all juvenile facilities in the United States.

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The number of staff-on-inmate sexual assaults was “about three times higher than what we find in the adult arena,” Allen Beck, who authored the report, told Pro Publica.

“Today’s report illustrates the fundamental failure of many juvenile detention facilities to keep their youth safe,” said Louisa Stannow, executive director of Just Detention International, a civil rights group. “[The survey] shows clearly that it is possible to protect young detainees from the devastation of sexual abuse ... [and] makes painfully clear that many youth facilities have a very, very long way to go.”

Teens are most often raped by staff in Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia and Illinois, according to the study.

Source: Pro Publica