12/28/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Justice Department Shrugs Off Rape Of Minors In Detention facilities

One in eight minors in juvenile detention facilities will be sexually assaulted each year. Eighty percent of these assaults will be perpetrated by a member of the facility's staff. This month, the Justice Department chose to synthesize those statistics [PDF] by concluding: "Mindful that even one incident of sexual victimization of a youth in custody is unacceptable . . . violent sexual assault in juvenile facilities was relatively rare and facility staff, for the most part, did not victimize juvenile offenders."

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