Female Guards at Juvenile Jails Sexually Abuse Boys
Federal report estimates 8 to 10% of young prisoners report rape
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2013 3:24 PM CDT

(Newser) – A new federal study spotted by Pro Publica flips the usual expectations in regard to the sexual abuse of vulnerable youth by authority figures. In this case, it's female guards at juvenile detention facilities preying on young males who have been locked up. The new study by the Justice Department shows the problem is more widespread than you might think—it estimates that 8% of male teens in custody have been abused by female staff, a figure that has held steady for three years.

“When you have an extreme power differential and absolute unchecked power, bad things start happening,” says the leader of the nonprofit Just Detention International. “When you combine this with a culture where sex abuse by females on males isn’t taken seriously, then you have the perfect set-up for women with all this power to get away with it.” Most of the victims say they were drawn into the relationship after the women gave them gifts and special attention, taking advantage of a "motherly" bond the teens may have never experienced in real life. It doesn't bode well for their rehab, says one attorney: They're supposed to be learning about healthy relationships. Instead, they're just getting "more trauma." Click for the full article.

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Jul 3, 2013 9:21 PM CDT
Women always get a free pass because people erroneously believe they are dainty and innocent, but the truth is that women are just as likely to rape or abuse someone in a vulnerable position as any man is. Hopefully one day public policy will evolve beyond the false stereotype of women as perpetual victims and start finally holding them accountable for their crimes. But I very much doubt it. And if 10% of boys are reporting it, you can bet that there are twice as many more who refuse to report it out of shame because they know they'll only be laughed at and subjected to idiotic chauvinistic comments like the ones on this thread. And we wonder why so many men are crazy and conflicted regarding sex and their emotions. They are a reflection of the environment they've been raised in and the stereotypes they're subjected to. Maybe men don't have real feelings about sex because culturally, we don't ALLOW them to.
Jul 3, 2013 8:14 PM CDT
damn do gooders! let these kids have some fun!
Jul 3, 2013 11:02 AM CDT
Gives them something to do