In Juvenile Detention, Girls Face Health Care Designed For Boys

Kaiser Health News staff writer Jenny Gold, working in collaboration with NPR, reports: "Incarcerated girls like Jessica are 'one of the most vulnerable and unfortunately invisible populations in the country,' and up to 90 percent have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, according to Catherine Pierce, a senior advisor at the federal government's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The health statistics are particularly grim: 41 percent of girls in detention have signs of vaginal injury consistent with sexual assault, up to a third have been or are currently pregnant, eight percent have had positive skin tests for tuberculosis and 30 percent need glasses but do not have them, according to research from the National Girls Health and Justice Institute" (Gold, 11/26). Read the story.

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