NT royal commission finds girls in youth detention subjected to ‘inappropriate sexualised behaviour’

Young women and girls in the Northern Territory’s youth prisons were inappropriately touched by some male guards and received less access than male detainees to education and hygiene facilities, the royal commission has found.

The report includes CCTV still photographs of a 2009 strip search of a 15-year-old girl being placed in a cell in Don Dale. The girl was held down by a guard named by the commission as Trevor Hansen while a female officer removed her clothes.

Another girl who had attempted self-harm was stripped of all her clothing, including bra and underwear, with a Hoffman knife and described feeling “real shame [being naked] with all those men in the room”.

The commission’s report also gave examples of inappropriate behaviour by some male youth justice officers, including one who sent unsolicited sexualised Facebook messages to a teenage girl who had left Don Dale.


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