Incarcerated youths allegedly endure sexual abuse at New Hampshire youth detention centers (YDCs)

The former child residents of the state’s YDCs are suing the state, alleging that between 1960 and 2018, children were beaten, raped, and tortured by state employees–while the stories of abuse have, for decades, stayed largely shielded from public view.

Hints of what went on inside the institution’s red-brick dormitories came in pieces–the rare termination of a problem employee, independent investigations that outlined the center’s disturbing culture but seemed to do little to curb mistreatment.

More than 500 men and women have so far come forward with allegations of sexual or physical abuse at the hands of staff, a pattern of mistreatment spanning six decades. 

At least 150 staffers have so far been implicated by alleged victims, according to court filings and attorneys for the plaintiffs.


Incarcerated youths allegedly endure sexual abuse at New Hampshire’s YDCs

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A New Hampshire state representative has long been critical of the center’s history and who revealed in an interview that he, too, was sexually assaulted by a staff member during his time at the facility.

Cody Belanger, a 27-year-old Republican who was detained at one of the YDCs at the age of 13 revealed, “It was essentially a youth prison…and we felt that we weren’t worth anything.”

New Hampshire YDCs “houses of horrors”:

State Industrial School

Philbrook School

Tobey Special Education School

Youth Services Center

YDC sexual abuse reports allegedly include:

Rampant sexual abuse by rogue staffers;

Beatings that eventually broke bones;

Staff forcing residents to fight for food; and,

Months-long solitary confinement.

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Victims who endured sexual abuse at New Hampshire’s YDCs deserve compensation and justice from state government agencies that failed to protect them.

Personal Injury FAQ: Questions About Proving Sexual Abuse

What is considered sexual assault in New Hampshire?

Sexual assault is forced, manipulated, or coerced sexual activity in which the assailant uses sex to inflict humiliation on the victim, to exert power and control over the victim, or to use the victim to attain sexual gratification without regard for the victim's consent.

What is the most crucial evidence in these cases?

The victim’s story is the number one piece of evidence needed and holds substantial weight in these types of cases—the primary goal will be to showcase consistencies in the alleged perpetrator’s prior statements and testimony.

Have any cases been settled by the state?

New Hampshire Superior Court approved the consolidation of over 640 civil cases filed by individuals who, as children, were court-ordered to state-run and privately contracted juvenile facilities where they allege they suffered physical, sexual, and emotional abuse by employees.

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