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UK: Child prisoners more likely to become sex offenders, report suggests

Children who serve time in prison are at greater risk of becoming sex offenders later in life, a study has suggested.

Researchers found teenagers who were sent to Young Offender Institutions (YOIs) often went on to display sexual aggression in adulthood and would sometimes find themselves back in prison for offences such as rape and child abuse. Full Article

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  1. Robert Curtis

    The word child and prisoner should never be in the same sentence! Children had minds that can’t comprehend and deal with emotional wrongs. The better word for prisons is treatment facilities or social counseling programs. Even adults can change their thought patters to being more productive and positive if influenced by treatment, faith and environment. It’s an uncommon word called HOPE…be that hope for someone in your life today.

    • Joe

      Very true. I was going to make the same comment but got distracted.

      ‘Child Prisoner’ is as just as wrong as ‘Child Soldier’. On every level.

      I will never understand how a ‘child’ cannot make decisions about their own sexuality but be held responsible for their illegal actions, often times as an adult. Puritanism at its finest.

      I know that in some countries in Europe the Age of Consent is the same as the age that a person can be held criminally liable (in Juvenile Court, never in adult court). In other words, any sexual conduct with a child under, say, 14 is criminal, and a child under 14 cannot be prosecuted for a crime. If one has the mens rea to commit a crime one MUST have the mental capacity to engage in willing voluntary sexual activity, or one does not.

      At the very least the age of consent should be the age that a juvenile can be prosecuted and sentenced as an adult. Either lower the age of consent or raise the age for prosecuting children as adults to that same age. Nothing else makes sense.

  2. David

    Joe, I 100% agree with you!
    You state the argument perfectly!
    Age of consent should equal age of culpability. And vice versa.

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