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One in eight youths in US prisons sexually abused

Around one in every eight youths in US prisons, with some as young as 12, has been sexually abused by another inmate or jail staff, a survey says.

Eighty percent of abuse cases involved a member of the prison staff, and in nearly all those cases, the alleged offenders were women — even though less than half the staffs in US juvenile prisons are women — said the first National Survey of Youth in Custody report, which was published Thursday.

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