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Juvenile justice system treats victims as criminals

NCYL’s Kate Walker and her colleague Allison Newcombe , a staff attorney and Skadden Fellow at the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles, wrote an op-ed that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on the continuing criminalization of CSEC victims. “Children like Nikki are not criminals or prostitutes, but they are often treated this way because the child protection and juvenile justice systems have not understood the abuse, trauma and violence they have endured. As such, a majority of court services have been created under the juvenile-justice umbrella —meaning a child must be arrested to access such services. A system that cannot adequately assist victims without criminalizing their behavior is a flawed system.”
Read the entire Op-Ed here –