Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
Posted at 1:20 PM ET, 01/ 7/2010

High rate of sex abuse at Va. juvenile facilities

By Washington Post editors

Two Virginia facilities are among 13 juvenile detention centers around the country that have high rates of sex abuse and victimization, according to federal officials.

A Justice Department study has found that nationwide, about 12 percent of youths held in state and local facilities reported some type of sexual victimization, the Associated Press reports.

Three out of every 10 inmates at the Culpeper Juvenile Correctional Center's long-term facility in Mitchells reported sexual abuse. At the Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center, one of every four inmates reported abuse.

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman Bruce Twyman says the agency was shocked with the results. He says it has stepped up its efforts to combat sexual abuse in the last year and a half, with increased training for staff and upgraded video surveillance.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | January 7, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Arlington company pleads guilty to arms brokering
Next: Dulles Connector Road test delayed

No comments have been posted to this entry.

The comments to this entry are closed.

RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2011 The Washington Post Company