This report offers evidence to demonstrate that incarcerating kids doesn't work: Youth prisons do not reduce future offending, they waste taxpayer dollars, and they frequently expose youth to dangerous and abusive conditions. The report also shows that many states have substantially reduced their juvenile correctional facility populations in recent years, and it finds that these states have seen no resulting increase in juvenile crime or violence. Finally, the report highlights successful reform efforts from several states and provides recommendations for how states can reduce juvenile incarceration rates and redesign their juvenile correction systems to better serve young people and the public.
This paper introduces and discusses a recent policy memo from the U.S. Department of Education that clarifies the distinctions between bullying and harassment and the priorities and responsibilities of school districts, outlines the differences between sexual harassment and bullying, explores the unintended consequences of ignoring the gendered dimensions of bullying and harassment in K-12 schools, and suggests helpful strategies for advocates collaborating with school personnel and students.
This Applied Research paper summarizes findings of existing research and other documents on sex trafficking of Native women and girls in the U.S. and Canada and the legal issues related to their protection.
This review evaluates how parenting programs succeed at: 1) eliminating child abuse as manifest in official reports and in-person assessments; 2) altering parenting behaviors or attitudes associated with abuse; 3) enhancing parent-child relationships and positive parenting skills as buffers against abuse.
A publication from Aequitas offers strategies for prosecuting child sexual abuse by a family member. The challenging dynamics involved in these cases can lead to misunderstandings about the child's behavior or how dangerous the perpetrator really is. Some of the recommendations include developing an understanding of grooming techniques and using forensic interviewing.
A brief fact sheet discussing the commercial sexual exploitation of children by traffickers, including statistics and rates of prevalence for several urban areas. Homeless and runaway youth are at particular risk for exploitation.
This collection of online resources provides information and tools for caretakers, organizations and communities assuming the responsibility of preventing child sexual abuse. Through basic information on child sexual development, defining sexual abuse, and learning effective strategies we can prepare to take action steps toward prevention. Some resources provided discuss ways to shift cultural norms that maintain abusive systems and behaviors toward one of our most vulnerable populations: children.
The resources provided here are meant to supplement the Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Information Packet developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC). All of the resources shown here are available online and are free to the public. This selection is not a comprehensive list, but a starting point for further exploration on the prevention of child sexual abuse.
This publication is provided as a starting point for professional organizations and educational institutions to prepare their helping professionals, including doctors, dentists, nurses, veterinarians, and beyond, to develop the skills and competencies needed to meet the needs of individuals who may have experienced abuse and violence.
This site is supported by Grant/ Cooperative Agreement No. 1UF2CE002359-01 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.