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Juveniles in Corrections
Victimization in Juvenile Facilities
Q: Who are the perpetrators of youth-on-youth sexual victimization in juvenile facilities?
A: More than one-third (37%) of adjudicated youth who reported youth-on-youth sexual victimization were victimized by more than one perpetrator.

Perpetrator characteristics reported by victims of youth-on-youth sexual victimization, 2012

More than one perpetrator
Yes 37.2%
No 62.8%
Race of Perpetrator1
White 65.1%
Black 57.2%
Other2 27.5%
Hispanic or Latino origin of perpetrator
Hispanic 40.6%
Non-Hispanic 59.4%
A perpetrator in a gang
Yes 52.4%
No 47.6%

Note: Based on an estimated 450 adjudicated youth sexually victimized by another youth.
1Detail sums to more than 100% because some youth reported more than one victimization or more than one perpetrator.
2Includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander.

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  • 65% of juvenile victims reported that at least one of their perpetrators of youth-on-youth sexual victimization were white, 57% of victims reported that one or more perpetrators were black and 28% reported that one or more victims were of another race.
  • More than half of reported perpetrators of youth-on-youth sexual victimization were gang members.

  • Note: Data are based on the second National Survey of Youth in Custody (conducted between February and September 2012). The NSYC-2 is based on a multi-stage probability sample providing representative data on adjudicated youth residing in facilities owned or operated by a state juvenile correctional authority and all state-placed adjudicated youth held under state contract in locally or privately operated juvenile facilities. The NSYC is part of BJS's National Prison Rape Statistics Program which was established to collect data on the incidence and prevalence of sexual assault in juvenile facilities under the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA; P.L. 108-79).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08803.asp?qaDate=2012. Released on April 29, 2016.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics. Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2012. Available from: http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/svjfry12.pdf


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