Victimization of Girls of Color Funnels Into Incarceration

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Victimization of Girls of Color Funnels Into Incarceration

July 28, 2020 | by Nicole SrokaKids Imprisoned

In an article for Kids Imprisoned, a reporting project of the Carnegie-Knight News21 program for journalism students, program fellow Nicole Sroka looks at how girls generally take different paths to the juvenile justice system—and have different needs—than boys. She also writes about the disproportionate number of girls of color in the system, noting that the hypersexualization of Black and Latina girls specifically leads to higher rates of sexual assault. Sroka cites Erin Espinosa, PhD, a senior researcher at NCCD, for stating that higher rates of sexual abuse among girls of color contributes to their funneling into the system. Read the full article here.