US Department of Justice Releases Study on Sexual Victimization of Youth in Adult Jails, Prisons that is Inconsistent with Previous Findings

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Experts Call for Further Research to Address Youth Underreporting of Sexual Abuse

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released a study that showed overall rates of sexual victimization for youth ages 16 and 17 in adult prisons (4.5%) and jails (4.7%) were higher than those for adults (4.0% in prisons, 3.2% in jails). The report also finds that among youth, who reported sexual victimization by staff, three quarters were victimized more than once and nearly half said that staff used force or threat of force.

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