Female Guards Are Sexually Abusing Boys in Juvenile Jails -- How's That's for Rehabilitation?

prison windowNearly a tenth of boys in juvenile halls and group homes are sexually abused by their female guards, says a depressing new study out of the Justice Department. How just truly awful is that? As if these kids aren't messed up enough.

Here you have juveniles, who have most likely already had crappy lives, locked away for doing bad things, and instead of getting rehabilitated and back on their feet to, ideally, become productive, happy members of society, they're getting even more f-ed up. And don't give me that, "Oh they're guys; they probably love it" BS either. When you hear WHY these boys are often susceptible to this kind of abuse, it'll make you want to cry.


As the leader of the nonprofit Just Detention International explains it, young teenage boys in this situation can easily fall victim to a female guard taking advantage of her powerful position -- and manipulating boys with attention, favors, and gifts -- because many of these kids have never experienced an actual, real maternal bond in their lives.

Yes, that's right. It's easy to manipulate them because they are starved for affection.

I can't even.

As if our justice system wasn't bad enough. What chance do kids have, when they come from horrible homes, to find their way forward to a healthy life when they're preyed upon by the people who are supposed to be helping set them on a better path?

According to the report, over 20 percent of kids in juvenile centers involved in abusive sexual relationships with guards were given alcohol or drugs in exchange for sex. A large percentage of the rest of these young people are given gifts and special attention, which is why the "relationships" that evolve often don't even seem "wrong" to the boys. They don't even realize that what's happening is unhealthy, and they're completely missing out on their chances to develop positive, rehabilitating relationships with adults. In a life that's probably been devoid of positive role models, and filled with trauma, all they're getting is more bad role models and more trauma.

Now that is truly a crime.

Does this news surprise you?


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Green... GreenEyesMom

Not all that surprising. I agree it's f@*#ed.

nonmember avatar Steph

When I was 15 I was incarcerated at Ladoga Academy in Ladoga, IN. There were staff members there who were women having relationships with the girls!! It was a really weird place, even the lady in charge, Miss Harmon, was gay and would pick her favorites based on sexual favors and what not.

nonmember avatar Diana

This is bs. I work in a juvenile detention vented and this is not the case. Maybe I just work in an exceptional facility and court. I do not have rose colored glasses on. Inwork hard to protect and teach these kids. How about you find actual statics. Research PREA and JDAI. Some places may be corrupt... not all. In fact I believe the statistics to he much lower.

nonmember avatar Lydia

Oh this is all lies. We aren't predators, it's only men who are predators. More like, it was the teen boys sexually abusing the guards, it's what men do!

Todd Vrancic

The same thing should happen to females who abuse children that happens to males who abuse children.  Any adult who would abuse a child in that manner should be put UNDER the jail.

MamaD... MamaDV1012

I love how the report was based on surveys and no actual evidence leading to an ESTIMATE.  What a load of crap.  Can we see a news story that is based on fact for once? 

nonmember avatar Dixie

lydia, you are an idiot! women can be predators too! how dare you say that, man what is wrong with you? do u never hear how women can and do, do the same as men?

nonmember avatar Lydia

Please "Dixie", its you men who are sexual perverts preying on children! We are nurturers and givers, who protect and give life to children. Stop blaming us, when it is you men who are killers and molestors! Read the news, its always a man, never a woman who hurts kids, you male chauvinist pig!!

Pixie030 Pixie030

@Lydia.. I hope that was written with major sarcasm..There are many huge and heavy books that are completely devoted to telling others of Women throughout history who preyed on weaker individuals for a million different (and usually crazy) reasons.. I won't disagree that there are more dedicated to men as predators.. of course, since hardly anyone reads actual paper script books anymore and all have some sort of electronic close by.. google them.. I'll even give ya a headstart.. Elizabeth Bathory, Aileen Wuornos, Mary Ann Cotton, Lizzie Borden,  and Mary Tudor.

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