Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story
Human Rights Project for Girls, Georgetown Law Center for Poverty and Inequality
Aug 1, 2015


This report published in August 2015 by the Human Rights Project for Girls and the Georgetown Law Center for Poverty exposes the ways in which we criminalize girls — especially girls of color — who have been sexually and physically abused, and it offers policy recommendations to dismantle the abuse to prison pipeline. It illustrates the pipeline with examples, including the detention of girls who are victims of sex trafficking, girls who run away or become truant because of abuse they experience, and girls who cross into juvenile justice from the child welfare system. By illuminating both the problem and potential solutions, we hope to make the first step toward ending the cycle of victimization-to-imprisonment for marginalized girls

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