Sexual Abuse Rampant in New Jersey Juvenile Detention Facilities
Findings from a U.S. Department of Justice report have revealed that juvenile detention centers in New Jersey have some of the highest rates of sexual abuse in the nation.
These findings indicate that the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission and other facility operators failed to protect youth inmates from sexual abuse and that they may be liable for damages suffered by survivors.
The New Jersey governor renews vows to close a nefarious state detention center where 50 men say they were sexually abused as boys
A lawsuit filed in New Jersey alleges a longstanding "culture of abuse" at a youth detention center, explicitly accusing the staff of virtually unchecked sexual abuse against boys residing at the New Jersey Training School in Monroe Township.
Attorney General Matt Platkin said hours after the lawsuit was filed, the allegations would be “swiftly and thoroughly” investigated.
The suit contends that from the 1970s to the 2010s, officers, counselors, and other staff sexually assaulted boys under their authority.
Among the lawsuit’s allegations are that staff:
- Conducted illicit strip searches;
- Carried out violent rapes;
- Offered bribes to keep the victims silent; and,
- Threatened punishment if the crimes were reported.
The legal action, brought by 50 men who were former residents, claims that the facility allowed this abusive environment to persist for decades.
The suit outlines disturbing details from the 1970s to the 2010s, including instances of sexual abuse by guards, counselors, and other staff within the facility and its surroundings.
The plaintiffs assert that despite reporting the abuse to various authorities, including parole boards, their complaints were often disregarded or not taken seriously.
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Does the New Jersey Training School have a history of abuse?
The New Jersey Training School, the state's largest such facility, has faced scrutiny in the past, according to disturbing lawsuit details from the 1970s to the 2010s, including instances of sexual abuse by guards, counselors, and other staff within the facility and its surroundings.
Some More Details about the New Jersey Training School
Despite its name, the facility is not only a school but a campus;
It holds seven cottages and a vocational building run;
It currently houses about 200 people, according to the state, and dates to 1867;
Most residents are 16-18, though it houses some from ages 12-23.
Details About Closure Efforts for the New Jersey Training School
Closure efforts have stalled as officials search for alternative sites;
The challenge is that the closure would require creating three new facilities;
The locations include one each in northern, central, and southern New Jersey;
So far, only two of the three additional facilities have been set up.
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Victims who were sexually abused while incarcerated at a juvenile detention center in New Jersey may have grounds to pursue legal action and financial recovery of their damages.
Child Sexual Abuse Damage FAQ: Questions About Child Sexual Abuse
What is the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases?
Most states acknowledge the prolonged process of grappling with the impact of childhood sexual abuse. Frequently, only adult individuals begin to comprehend the challenges linked to such abuse. A 2019 overhaul of New Jersey's civil statute of limitations on childhood sex abuse claims allows victims to sue until age 55 or within seven years of realizing the harm caused by the abuse.
If I want to bring a case against the person who abused me or the institution that permitted it, must I go to court?
If a lawsuit is going to be filed by you against someone who has sexually abused you or against an institution that is somehow responsible for the sexual abuse you suffered, you should be prepared to go to trial. However, most of these cases do not go to court. In most cases, there is a financial settlement before the matters occur in a courtroom.
We have noticed that our child has been acting very strange lately and suspect that maybe he/she was sexually abused. What should we do?
If you notice some behaviors have changed in your child, that your child is acting out in what appears to be a sort of sexual way, and you have a concern about whether they've been sexually abused in some way, consult with a professional. Your child must be interviewed by someone skilled and knowledgeable, so there is no question of putting something in their head that wasn't there.
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