Girls and Sex Offenses


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Girls and Sex Offenses

Few juveniles are arrested, detained or incarcerated for sex offenses. Girls' arrests, admissions to detention, and commitments to corrections for sex offenses were more likely than boys' to be for misdemeanors.

Arrests for sex offenses

Sex offenses accounted for less than one percent (0.7 percent) of all juvenile arrests in 2007 (n=336). Boys were more often arrested for sex offenses than girls. Sixteen girls and 320 boys were arrested for sex offenses in 2007.

Girls were rarely arrested for felony sex offenses. In 2007, 12 percent of girls' sex offense arrests (n=2) and 69 percent of boys' sex offense arrests (n=222) were for felonies. Conversely, 88 percent of girls' (n=14) and 31 percent of boys' (n=98) sex offense arrests were for misdemeanors.

Detention admissions for sex offenses

Girls' detention admissions were less likely to be for sex offenses than boys. The proportion of girls detained for sex offenses was less than 1 percent in 2007 (n=6). Approximately 2 percent of boys' detention admissions were for sex offenses (n=321).

The rate of admissions to detention for sex offenses decreased for both boys (18 percent) and girls (67 percent) between 2002 and 2007.

Commitments to corrections for sex offenses

Juvenile commitments for sex offenses accounted for a small proportion, 5 percent, of all commitments in 2004 (n=83). Girls had no admissions for sex offenses in 2004 and only three admissions in 2002 and in 2003. The proportion of commitments for sex offenses for boys also was low, averaging 5 to 6 percent of all their commitments, or 91 commitments per year.


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