Serving Youth Survivors in Detention


This webinar was developed to train victim advocates at rape crisis centers who will provide emotional support services to youth survivors of sexual abuse and sexual harassment in detention. America incarcerates more of its young people than any other country in the world, and many of these youth enter the correctional system via the school-to-prison pipeline and/or sexual abuse-to-prison pipeline. Experiences of oppression and trauma are predictors not only of which youth are more likely to enter detention, but of which youth are most vulnerable to abuse while held in custody. A survivor’s status as a youth also requires advocates to take a more proactive approach, rather than wait for calls for help.

This webinar includes information on:

  • the over-representation of LGBTI youth and youth of color in detention
  • the dynamics of sexual abuse in youth facilities
  • how to adapt your services and messaging to youth in detention
  • mandated reporting requirements for advocates serving youth in detention prevention in youth facilities
Marsela Rojas-Salas

Marsela Rojas has roots in Southern California and Mexico. Her work has primarily included education, advocacy, and research around sexual violence prevention, reproductive justice, and prisoner rights. She has taught women’s studies at a university and in prison, facilitated workshops and trainings at college women’s centers, and provided advocacy for survivors of sexual and domestic violence. At CALCASA she works with rape crisis centers across the state to provide advocacy to survivors in prisons and detention centers. Marsela is committed to the long-term systemic change necessary to free our communities from interpersonal and structural violence in all its forms. When she’s not in the office she likes to cook for friends and family, hike, and visit museums.

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