just rcvd this email:
“My daughter came home from HR training yesterday (she’s going to be a summer camp counselor with the Salvation Army’s program). She said that they were told about “child on child” sexual abuse and that it was up 300%. This is alarming and yet we have Planned Parenthood targeting the 12-14 year old age group (middle school) and going for younger and younger kids? https://youtu.be/1dX5vYPzMn0
- Juveniles who commit sex offenses against other children are more likely than adult sex offenders to offend in groups and at schools and to have more male victims and younger victims.
- The number of youth coming to the attention of police for sex offenses increases sharply at age 12 and plateaus after age 14.
- Early adolescence is the peak age for offenses against younger children. Offenses against teenagers surge during mid to late adolescence, while offenses against victims under age 12 decline.
- A small number of juvenile offenders— 1 out of 8—are younger than age 12.
Although most juvenile sex offenders are teenagers, about 16 percent of those who come to police attention are younger than age 12. This group has been of particular interest to clinicians, educators, and public safety officials, who have been reluctant to regard them in the same delinquency-oriented framework that has applied to older offenders.
Concern about juvenile sex offenders is a relatively recent phenomenon. Some communities have mobilized quite energeticlly in recent years to identify and intervene with such youth, conducting extensive training among law enforcement, child protection staff, and educators and establishing specialized treatment programs. In other communities, however, concern about the problem has been slow to develop. Thus, the spectrum of com munity activity surrounding juvenile sex offenders ranges from very slight in some jurisdictions to exaggerated or disproportionate in other jurisdictions.