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Sexual Victimization Reported by Juvenile Correctional Authorities, 2007-12

NCJ Number
Date Published
January 2016
27 pages
Allen J. Beck; Romana R. Rantala
Publication Series
Publication Type
Survey, Statistics, Report (Annual/Periodic)
Summary tables and figures, as well as narrative summaries are presented for sexual victimization data reported by juvenile correctional authorities for 2007-12, which were obtained from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS') Survey of Sexual Violence (renamed the Survey of Sexual Victimization in 2013).
From 2005 to 2012, the rate of allegations of sexual victimization increased steadily in State juvenile systems, but varied in local and private facilities. Nearly 9,500 allegations of sexual victimization were reported from 2007 to 2012; however, based on completed investigations of allegations for these years, 53 percent of youth-on-youth and 49 percent of staff-on-youth allegations were determined to be unsubstantiated. On average, 281 allegations of sexual victimization were substantiated for each year between 2007 and 2012. Juvenile authorities provided details on 97 percent of substantiated incidents. Nearly 80 percent of victims and perpetrators of youth-on-youth nonconsensual sexual acts were male. Most incidents of sexual victimization occurred outside the victim's room in a common area or program service area. Approximately 60 percent of victims were physically held down by other youth. Victims received some type of medical follow-up in just over 60 percent of incidents. Most youth-on-youth perpetrators received legal sanctions or were placed in solitary confinement or higher custody levels. Data were provided on 383 incidents of staff-on-youth sexual victimization, including staff sexual misconduct and staff sexual harassment. Female staff were more often implicated in incidents of sexual misconduct, and male staff were more often implicated in incidents of sexual harassment. The sexual relationship "appeared to be willing" in nearly two-thirds of the incidents of staff sexual misconduct. Most perpetrators of staff sexual abuse were supervision staff. Staff perpetrators lost their jobs or faced legal action in 82 percent of incidents. The methodology of the survey is described. 26 tables and 2 figures
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