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Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, Medical, and School Authorities (Bulletin)
Considerable efforts have been made during the last generation to encourage children and their families to report victimization to authorities. Nonetheless, concern persists that most childhood victimization remains hidden. The recently completed 2008 inventory of childhood victimizationthe National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violencefeatured an assessment of whether victimizations were being identified by authorities, including police, school, and medical authorities. The survey found that 13 percent of children victimized in the previous year had at least one of their victimizations known to police, and 46 percent had one known to school, police, or medical authorities. In addition, authorities knew about a majority of serious victimizations, including incidents of sexual abuse by an adult, gang assaults, and kidnappings, but they were mostly unaware of other kinds of serious victimizations, such as dating violence and completed and attempted rape.