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NCJ Number: 183990 Find in a Library
Title: Kids Molesting Kids: San Diego's Juvenile Sex Offenders
Journal: Law Enforcement Quarterly  Volume:29  Issue:1  Dated:Spring-Summer 2000  Pages:5-9
Author(s): Sharla Evert Bullard
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Juvenile Branch of the San Diego, Calif., District Attorney has experienced a 100-percent increase in juvenile sex offense cases over the past 2 years.
Abstract: A recent analysis of 100 juvenile sexual assault cases revealed that all but 1 of the offenders were male, that race and age were not determinate, that the predominant age of offenders was 15 years, and that offenders typically knew their victims. Sixty-six percent of the victims were females. These cases can be difficult to prove due to victim drunkenness or reluctance to tell the true story. The Sexual Assaults Prosecutor in San Diego receives extensive training and vertically prosecutes the cases to increase rapport with the victim. An Investigative Specialist assists and coordinates with the prosecutor and law enforcement and responds to victims’ needs. The District Attorney’s office interviews all victims prior to issuing the case. Proving sexual intent can be difficult. Dispositional options include required sex offender therapy sessions, day treatment, residential treatment facilities, and the California Youth Authority. Victims have the right to be present at all proceedings, may present victim impact statements, and may choose to have an adult of their choice present. Police and prosecutors need to work together to comfort victims and reassure them regarding the investigation and prosecution of their offenders.
Main Term(s): Juvenile Sex Offenders
Index Term(s): California; Interagency cooperation; Juvenile processing; Juvenile rehabilitation; Juvenile sentencing; Prosecution; Sexual assault victims; Victim services; Victim-offender relationships
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