Protecting LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System-Progress and Opportunity

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A young man in a youth correctional facility endures threats of rape by other youth who also rub semen in his face because they think he is gay. A lesbian in custody and her girlfriend suffer routine verbal harassment by officers who make sexually explicit and demeaning remarks. A transgender girl encounters repeated verbal abuse by both staff and other youth, and physical assaults and groping by youth, which occurs in front of guards. The facility’s response is to place her in isolated segregation — which is known to be psychologically damaging to youth.