In recent years the number of females involved in the juvenile justice system has increased drastically, requiring a different approach to providing effective programs for female offenders. The differences between males and females should be viewed as sources of strength, not weakness. At the center of these strengths is womens capacity for relatedness and connection with others. The unique needs and issues (e.g., physical/sexual/emotional victimization, trauma, mental health, pregnancy and parenting and self-worth) of women and girls should be addressed in a safe, trusting and supportive environment, such as the GSP.

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