While many are aware of the negative impact of historic and early life trauma – notably violence, a new report “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story” pulls together a range of research that demonstrates sexual abuse of girls is a predictor of juvenile justice involvement and serves as a pipeline to prison, especially for girls of color. This web conference highlights key report findings and outlines why this is so important for those committed to ending child sexual abuse.
The audience will be able to describe the connection between movements to prevent child sexual abuse and racial justice movements working to end mass incarceration.
The audience will be able to name law enforcement, mental health, and child welfare policies and practices that contribute to the sexual abuse to prison pipeline.
The audience will understand the importance of engaging the child welfare and health care systems in primary, secondary and tertiary prevention of child sexual abuse.
Lindsay Rosenthal joined the Vera Institute in April 2015 as a fellow and research associate to launch the Project for Gender Equity in Health and Justice, which works to identify and promote strategies that effectively meet the diverse health needs of justice-involved youth, with a focus on quality care for girls of color. Prior to joining Vera, Lindsay was awarded the Ms. Foundation for Women Fellowship, a midcareer fellowship designed to catalyze the work of emerging leaders in the feminist movement and seed projects in neglected areas of women’s rights. At the Ms. Foundation, her policy and advocacy work focused on health care access for girl survivors of sexual and physical abuse in foster care and the juvenile justice system. There she co-authored a forthcoming report, The Girls’ Story: The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline, a publication of the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality. Her previous research at the Center for American Progress focused on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on access and quality of health care for key constituencies including young people, women, and communities of color.