“Tanya Robinson’s time in juvenile detention started with the offense of running away. She first ran away from home when she was seven years old, having been molested by her mother’s boyfriends for a year. Stripped naked by and fleeing a beating from her mother, Robinson hurried into the bathroom and slipped out the window before her mother could open the door, covered her body with a T-shirt from a clothes line, and ran.
When she was 14 and still running, her mother took her to a South Carolina court as a runaway, and she was shackled and taken away.
Since Robinson, now 38, was a juvenile, the share of girls in detention has spiked more than 40%. Of those girls now in the US juvenile justice system, 84% have experienced family violence, according to new research.”