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Sex abuse found at La. juvenile sites

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Posted: Jan 11, 2010 6:17 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: sex, abuse, juvenile, care facilities, Bureau of Justice Statistics, study, Louisiana, teens, staff, children, child, Swanson Center for Youth, Monroe

Louisiana fell somewhere in the middle of the pack in a federal study on how much sexual abuse occurs at juvenile secure care facilities nationwide.

According to the report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, almost all of the allegations made in Louisiana were from teenagers accusing staff members of sexual assault.

Teens at one of Louisiana's state-operated secure care facilities reported a higher rate of sexual assaults than the national average of 12 percent.

According to the report, 16.6 percent of teenagers confined in Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe reported they were victims of sexual assault.

Mary Livers, of the Office of Juvenile Justice, says that the state implemented an aggressive and comprehensive program to fight sexual assaults in its juvenile facilities in June 2008.

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