Jeannette Y. Pai-Espinosa and Jessie Domingo Salu co-wrote an op-ed describing the needs of girls and young women impacted by violence, childhood adversity and trauma and are involved with the juvenile justice system.

First Problem Is Seeing Abused Girls As ‘Bad Girls’

The numbers tell us three sobering facts about girls and juvenile justice. First, they tell us that the percentage of girls in the juvenile justice system has steadily increased over the decades, rising from 17 percent in 1980 to 29 percent in 2011. Second, girls are more likely than boys to be arrested for “status offenses” — behaviors that would not be considered offenses at the age of majority — and often receive more severe punishment than boys. Third, victimization of girls typically precedes their involvement with the system. Read more.