Stand Up Against The Sexual Abuse of Incarcerated Youth – July 30

SILENT WITNESS ACTION AGAINST THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF INCARCERATED CHILDREN –

JULY 30 at 8:30 am

 The U.S. Justice Department found that based on their survey of 461 Illinois juvenile prisoners in 2012, more than 15% reported being sexually victimized (most often by staff members). Illinois youth prisoners are sexually assaulted and abused at a rate 35 percent higher than the national average which was under 10%. The children were assaulted in showers, recreation areas, their cells, classrooms and even in kitchens. Some young people said that they had been given alcohol and drugs by staff before their assaults.

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On July 30, the Illinois House (Restorative Justice Committee) is holding a hearing in response to the DOJ report and findings.  The hearing begins at 10 am.

We invite community members to join us at 8:30 am before the hearing to stand as “silent witnesses” against this violence being done to incarcerated youth in our state.  We ask you to wear something red and to bring your own sign with a message that you would like to share with incarcerated youth, legislators, and our community members.  We need 150 people to represent the approximate number of youth who are at risk on a daily basis of sexual violence in our Illinois youth prisons.

We will stand silently in front of the building where the hearing is being held to show our solidarity with incarcerated youth, to express our disgust at their treatment, and to demand that juvenile prisons ultimately be shut down.  We know that incarceration only serves to make youth worse and the DOJ report illustrates plainly why this is the case.

So please join us for a SILENT WITNESS ACTION AGAINST THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF INCARCERATED CHILDREN.

When: July 30th 2013

Time: 8:30 am

Where: Bilandic Building, 160 North LaSalle Street

Info: Please wear RED if you can and Bring Your Own Signs; contact Mariame Kaba, projectnia@hotmail.com for more information and to RSVP for the action.

Useful Links:

DOJ Report – http://www.propublica.org/documents/item/709100-svjfry12-emb-052813

Incarceration Makes Youth Worse – http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/17/2166481/study-throwing-kids-in-jail-makes-crime-worse-ruins-lives/

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS ACTION & BRING OTHERS WITH YOU!

NIA Poster

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One comment

  1. The very concept of YOUTH PRISON seems incongruous. Our youth should be rehabilitated within the least restrictive, yet most workable “home-like” situation possible. Of course, the most “hardened” youth offenders always require “special” arrangements. There have been children sentenced to adult facilities, in states where there are no “Youth Prisons”. “We” have to get them while their young, and turn them around.

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