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“Girls’ behavioral reaction to sexual abuse and trauma is criminalized, reinforcing the sexual abuse to prison pipeline…. The most common crimes for which girls are arrested — including running away, substance abuse, and truancy — are also the most common symptoms of abuse.”

I posted a piece about this issue the other day. Here is another.

From bust:

We hear most often about how the school-to-prison pipeline fills our prisons with poor youth of color, but there’s another harmful system that, until recently, has been overlooked: the sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline.

In a recent report by the Human Rights Project for Girls, The Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality, and the Ms. Foundation for Women called “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” four researchers explain that the majority of girls detained in the juvenile justice system have previously experienced sexual abuse.

As the thorough report states, “One in four American girls will experience some form of sexual violence by the age of 18. Fifteen percent of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 12” — and many of those girls are later imprisoned.

The study also explains how girls of color and LGBT/gender non-conforming youth are particularly at risk. For example, as is reflected in other prison statistics categorized by race, only 14 percent of girls in the U.S. are African-American, but African-American girls comprise 33.2 percent of those detained. Additionally, 5 to 7 percent of American youth identify as LGBT, but about 15 percent “come into contact with the juvenile justice system.”

[…] The reason for this correlation is fairly simple: “Girls’ behavioral reaction to sexual abuse and trauma is criminalized, reinforcing the sexual abuse to prison pipeline…. The most common crimes for which girls are arrested — including running away, substance abuse, and truancy — are also the most common symptoms of abuse.”

Source and rest: Alexa Salvato - bust.

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Teenage girl detainments increasing, but not because they're criminals