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Girls growing up face hurdles concerning gender identity and this bears directly to what they face upon entering the juvenile justice system.
In my previous blog I noted that successful programs for girls in the juvenile justice system were rare. In this blog I will highlight a few examples of recently developed programs that show great promise.
Despite years of research showing that girls require a special kind of programming, here remains a lack of innovative, effective programs for girls in trouble.
This is the last of my four part blog series on girls and juvenile justice. Part I provided an overview of the most recent information, Part II discussed the prevalence of histories of sexual abuse among justice-involved girls, Part III dealt with runaways, and this blog will conclude with the most common offense committed by girls.
It was noted in part II of this series that girls who run away from home are often doing so because of sexual abuse at home. As reported in the New York Times an estimated 1.6 million juveniles run away from or are thrown out of their homes each year; over half are girls.
As noted in Part I of this series, running away and sexual abuse are much more significant in the lives of girls than boys. Sexual abuse is particularly salient for girls and may well propel girls into behaviors such as running away from home or other status offenses. As already noted, girls are much more likely than boys to be the victims of childhood sexual abuse: it has been estimated that roughly 70 percent of the victims are female.
Meda Chesney-Lind and I are currently updating our book Girls, Delinquency and Juvenile Justice (to be published by Wiley-Blackwell at the end of this year) and in this blog I want to report some updated information about recent trends in the offenses girls commit.
Column: Phoebe Prince, Bullying, and Me The Boston Globe, April 9, 2010
The Myth of Mean Girls New York Times, April 1, 2010
The decline of rape Los Angeles Times, February 18, 2007
This report presents recommendations about serving the unique needs of girls in the San Francisco Juvenile Probation system.
Explore how California’s 58 counties send their residents to correctional institutions with interactive maps, charts, and downloadable data.
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