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Nine out of ten. Of the 1,390 victims of juvenile detention sex abuse, nine out of ten of them were males abused by female guards, according to a 2013 report by the Department of Justice.
Some of this gender discrepancy is due to the overwhelmingly large proportion of male inmates in the American juvenile detention system. Nevertheless, the report highlights a troubling trend in our justice system: the systematic and repeated sexual abuse of minors by juvenile detention center staff. In mid-2015, five juvie hall inmates sued the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections. One of the detention center’s nurses had given a 16-year-old inmate drugs, and then taken him to her home and had sex with him. An adult female student intern at the same detention center abused multiple boys, telling them that she had a “personal sex addiction.” More than one of the abused teenage boys wrote letters to the juvenile detention center’s director asking for help, but the director did nothing. She told one of the boys that he would need to go through the “proper channels” to lodge a complaint against a staff member.
In a juvenile detention center, as elsewhere, sexual predators’ modus operandi are the same. According to the DOJ report, juvie hall staff will often groom victims before molesting them. Two out of three juvenile detention sex abuse victims reported receiving preferential treatment or material gifts from their abusers. Almost one out of four claimed that they had been given alcohol or drugs to loosen their inhibitions and make them more pliable.
If you have a child or know of a child in a juvenile correction facility, it’s important for you to be watchful for the telltale signs of sex abuse. If you suspect that a child in the juvenile detention system is being sexually abused, he or she might:
If a child comes to you and confesses that he or she has been sexually molested by a corrections officer or juvie hall staff member, there are some things which you should do:
Estey Bomberger, in 2010, obtained one of the largest child molestation verdicts in the history of California: $30 million. Our team represented a young man who was sexually abused by his foster father for years, starting when the plaintiff was just 11 years old.
When an individual in a position of authority—like a staff member at a juvenile detention center—takes advantage of their position to sexually molest children, they have broken a sacred, ethical trust between themselves and their charges. This violation of a child’s innocence and rights is a despicable act, one that permanently traumatizes children for years to come. We fight for fair compensation for sexually abused children. Monetary settlements won’t make their psychological anguish go away, but it can pay for mental healthcare and psychiatric counseling victims will require in the future.
If you know a child who has been sexually molested at a juvenile detention center, get in touch with the juvenile detention sex abuse attorneys at Estey Bomberger. We can work towards securing the victim the financial compensation which they deserve. Go to childmolestationvictims.com or call 1.800.925.0723 toll-free to learn more or get a free, confidential consultation.
Call us today for a free and confidential consultation and find out how we can help. We are committed to helping you in any way possible. If you have been the victim of institutional child molestation/sex abuse, we are ready to stand by your side and fight for you.
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