Reports have confirmed the abuse of girls in detention right across the country. Speak up – tell the government to stop the abuse.
If you think of a children’s prison, you might picture a yard of boys. But girls are very much the hidden face of kids in prison, and their invisibility increases the potential for abuse and discrimination. It’s time for girls to have their voices heard and rights respected.
We’ve seen disturbing reports of humiliating and degrading practices of strip searches, sexual abuse, and inappropriate detention conditions. In one report, staff subjected a girl to 72 hours of solitary confinement and she was found drenched in her own urine.
Indigenous girls are vastly overrepresented in youth detention, and have often faced violence or disadvantage in their lives. This is a national crisis.
Locking up more girls is not the way forward. There’s a simple solution to keep girls strong in culture and community, and we need you to get behind it.
Call on the Prime Minister to:
- Stop the abuse of girls in detention;
- Show leadership on this national crisis; and
- Invest in Indigenous-led prevention and prison programs that empower girls to avoid or get out of the quicksand of the justice system.