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In-Service: Girls, Trauma, and Delinquency

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
5:30 pm8:30 pm

There has been a rise in delinquent acts committed by girls and increased gang activity including girls. Today, girls account for 30% of all juvenile arrests and 18% of arrests for violent crimes (Office of Juvenile Justice). This workshop first takes an exploratory view into the world of delinquent girls and the eight factors correlated to female delinquency. Secondly, the workshop reviews the root causes of female delinquency, such as trauma, victimization, social learning, and family/community strain. Also discussed are strategies to advocate for girls across systems and empower them by helping them build protective factors to refrain from delinquent behaviors.