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    Let Girls Be Girls

    This research report from the Urban Institute, Let Girls Be Girls , describes “how coercive sexual environments affect girls who live in disadvantaged communities and what we can do about it.” As noted in the report, there is a link between girls’ experiences with sexual and physical abuse in coersive sexual environments and their involvement in the criminal justice system, especially girls of color. Highlights from the report include: Some communities develop a pervasive Coercive...
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    New in the Library - Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

    From the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the Juvenile Justice Consortium, this 2014 report examines the effect of trauma on girls involved in the juvenile justice system. Trauma among Girls in the Juvenile Justice System discusses why there are increasing numbers of girls in the juvenile justice system and documents the prevalence and potential consequences of trauma for girls. Highlights from the report: Girls now account for approximately 30 percent of the estimated 2.11 million juvenile...
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    Adverse Childhood Experiences in the Lives of Juvenile Offenders

    Earlier this year, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) released the first study to examine the extent of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) among young offenders. Results of this study showed that juvenile offenders in Florida have “disturbingly high rates of ACEs and have higher composite scores than previously examined populations”. In addition, the study revealed that “females had a higher prevalence than males on every single ACE indicator”...
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