Ending the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: A Public Health Approach

Title: Ending the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: A Public Health Approach

Date Recorded: Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Description: In recent years, the alarming fact that the majority of youth entering the juvenile justice system are survivors of complex trauma has become widely appreciated in the field of juvenile justice reform. But the unique impact of sexual violence on girls’ pathways into the justice system and their experience once inside remains under-recognized. A new report, The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story, describes the ways in which many girls who experience sexual abuse, especially girls of color, are routed into the juvenile justice system because of victimization. Indeed, sexual abuse is one of the primary predictors of girls’ entry into the juvenile justice system. In this webinar co-authors of the report provide an overview of the sexual abuse to prison pipeline and highlight federal policy efforts and innovative public health practices to end the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline
  2. Understand the gendered trends in sexual violence and the relevance of gender differences in traumatic exposure to juvenile delinquency prevention and intervention efforts
  3. Understand the utility of the Girls Health Screen as a public health tool to help end the Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline


Maheen Kaleem, Equal Justice Works Fellow at Human Rights Project for Girls

Lindsay Rosenthal, Vera Institute Fellow and Research Associate, Center on Youth Justice and Substance Use and Mental Health Program