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Detained Teenagers Walk for AIDS Research Inside Detention


Boston Globe (06/03/93), P. 29 (Hart, Jordana)

About a dozen teenagers at a Massachusetts detention center, who the state will not allow to participate in the annual 10- kilometer AIDS Pledge Walk in Boston this Sunday, raised money on their own on Wednesday by circling their fenced yard 52.5 times. Janet Martin, director of the Boston Secure Treatment Center, a program at Roslindale detention center, said yesterday's incident was the second such 10-kilometer "yard" walk for youths held at the detention facility. After employees at the detention center last year decided to participate in the walk, some of the youths also expressed interest in the event, but they were not allowed to participate because they were incarcerated, said Martin. She added that the boys "raised more than $1,000 last year." "We have two boys here who have lost both parents to AIDS. Others know people who have AIDS or who have died of AIDS," said Martin. Department of Youth Services spokeswoman Christy George said the teenagers' walk, which was voluntary, started at 10 a.m. and continued until noon, then resumed at 1:15 p.m. and ended at 3:30 p.m. The treatment program at the center offers a course in sex education, which includes information on AIDS and HIV. George said, "We consider these kids at risk for AIDS, not because of intravenous drug use, but because of sex and not using condoms."


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