Majority of girls prosecuted, sentenced as adults faced abuse: Survey

By Cheyanne M. Daniels, The Hill | May 29, 2024

Stoneleigh Fellow Sara Kruzan spoke to The Hill about a new report she co-authored on the epidemic of severe childhood trauma among girls tried as adults.

A majority of girls who are prosecuted as adults in the U.S. have experienced some form of abuse or victimization prior to their system involvement, according to a new report.

Survey results, published this week by Human Rights for Kids (HRFK), found more than 90 percent of the women incarcerated since childhood experienced four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACE), such as physical, sexual or emotional abuse.

More than 92 percent of survey respondents said they experienced a parent or household adult often swearing at them, insulting them, humiliating them or acting in a way that made them afraid they might be physically hurt.

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