Report: The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story

July 20, 2015

Rights 4 Girls has released a report, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls' Story—along with the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty & Inequality—that outlines how gendered violence, particularly sexual abuse, creates pathways for girls into the juvenile justice system. The powerful narrative of the “School to Prison Pipeline” exposes the ways that boys of color are routinely criminalized and trapped in a cycle that prevents them from leading successful lives. Often lost in the conversation about this unjust phenomenon is a parallel sexual abuse to prison pipeline for girls. The girls’ pipeline is different. For them, entry into the juvenile justice system is intertwined with experiences of abuse—especially sexual abuse—that are criminalized.

The common justifications for girls’ arrests are minor offenses such as running away, substance abuse, and truancy—all of which are common responses to abuse. The connection between the sexual abuse of girls and their ultimate incarceration is not coincidental; sexual abuse is a direct, contributing cause of their detention. The purpose of this report is to define and describe the sexual abuse to prison pipeline, reveal its underlying causes, and provide guidance to policymakers for reforms that would help shut it down forever. The pipeline into juvenile justice strikes girls of color especially hard. 

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Share the report on Twitter and Facebook using the sample social media posts and graphics below. Make sure to use the following hashtags (#GirlsinJJ, #GirlsBehindBars, #JJDPAMatters, #GirlsMatterToo, #NoSuchThing) when sharing content: 

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Girls of color are 66% of girls in juvenile justice. Read about the sexual abuse to prison pipeline http://tinyurl.com/ntnlyxw

 

Read about the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline that leads girls into the Juvenile Justice http://tinyurl.com/ntnlyxw

 

Read More about Why Girls Need a Strengthened JJDPA http://tinyurl.com/ntnlyxw

 

Sexual abuse is a primary predictor for girls becoming involved in the juvenile justice system http://tinyurl.com/ntnlyxw

 

Girls are arrested for being victims of abuse everyday. Read more about the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline http://tinyurl.com/ntnlyxw

 

Girls are the fastest growing segment of the juvenile justice population. Find out why: http://tinyurl.com/ntnlyxw

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81 percent of girls in South Carolina’s juvenile justice system report being victims of sexual violence. Read about the sexual abuse to prison pipeline http://tinyurl.com/ntnlyxw

 

Girls are arrested for being victims of abuse everyday. Read more about the Sexual Abuse to Prison http://tinyurl.com/ntnlyxw

 

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