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Nonfamily Abducted Children: National Estimates and Characteristics
(NCJ 196467) October 2002
OJJDP NISMART Series, Bulletin, 16 page(s)
Finkelhor, D., Hammer, H., Sedlak, A. J.
 
Presents national estimates of children abducted by nonfamily perpetrators, based on surveys of households and law enforcement agencies. The Bulletin, which is part of a series summarizing findings from the Second National Incidence Studies of Missing, Abducted, Runaway, and Thrownaway Children (NISMART–2), also analyzes characteristics of victims, perpetrators, and episodes. During the study period, an estimated 58,200 children were abducted by nonfamily perpetrators; 115 were victims of stereotypical kidnappings. Teenagers were the most frequent victims. Nearly half of all victims were sexually assaulted. In 40 percent of stereotypical kidnappings, the child was killed; in another 4 percent, the child was not recovered. The Bulletin also discusses policy implications of the findings.
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