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Ethical Treatment for All Youth

Advocating for the humane and just treatment of children and teenagers accused of violating sex laws


Federal legislation places juveniles on national public registry for life

For engaging in oral sex with their peers, the boys were arrested and charged with rape, aggravated sodomy and aggravated child molestation. Four decided to accept a plea bargain, avoiding 10-year sentences, but forever being labeled sex offenders. -- Black America Web 
He is looking at being put on the public registry when he turns 18, along with his picture ... Because of the registry and the stigma which accompanies it, we have had suicides, attempted suicides and youths who are ready to give up. -- Director of Citizens for Second Chances 
We have encountered young teenagers (13 to 15) who, as part of their treatment, have been compelled to recite daily creeds including phrases such as 'I am a pedophile and am not fit to live in human society' ... These incidents cannot be dismissed as isolated examples of overly zealous practice but are directly derived from an uncritical application of prevailing treatment models. -- Juvenile sex offender treatment experts Mark Chaffin and Barbara Bonner 
As part of his treatment, the 15 year old was forced to place a round, mercury-filled plastic device around his penis, and further forced to wear earphones and listen to pornographic tapes. Afterward the youth was encouraged to masturbate. -- Newsday 
"...her therapists persisted until one day she tried to kill herself, the mother said ... Critics point to the boy's case as an example of a child put into the program without cause, who was treated with inappropriate and potentially dangerous methods, and who may have become violent as a result..." --The Arizona Republic

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