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National Prison Rape Report: Special Populations LEP

Friday, July 03, 2009

Educational materials and presentations for youth will be of little value, however, if they do not use age-appropriate language and concrete examples, especially when discussing how to report abuse. Given the range of ages in many facilities, a one-size-fits-all approach will not work. Presentations, materials, and follow-up contacts should be structured to match the emotional, cognitive, and sexual development of particular age groupings of children and teens and must reach youth who speak limited or no English, have limited reading skills, are visually impaired, or are deaf. Agencies must also implement appropriate technologies and procedures to ensure that youth with disabilities can report abuse and access medical and mental health services without relying on other residents to translate or relay information.

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