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Law Enforcement & Juvenile Crime
Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for rape increased considerably for males and females between 2013 and 2014.

Juvenile Arrest Rates for Rape* by Sex, 1980-2014

Year Males Females
1980 28.7 0.6
1981 29.3 0.5
1982 31.2 0.5
1983 32.1 0.4
1984 36.9 0.4
1985 37.6 0.7
1986 38.9 0.8
1987 38.2 0.9
1988 38.0 0.8
1989 41.4 1.0
1990 40.3 0.8
1991 42.8 0.9
1992 40.9 0.9
1993 40.8 0.8
1994 37.5 0.8
1995 34.8 0.8
1996 34.2 0.6
1997 32.5 0.7
1998 31.2 0.6
1999 28.0 0.6
2000 25.8 0.3
2001 26.0 0.4
2002 25.9 0.8
2003 23.3 0.5
2004 23.2 0.7
2005 22.1 0.5
2006 20.0 0.3
2007 20.0 0.4
2008 18.7 0.3
2009 17.6 0.4
2010 16.2 0.4
2011 15.9 0.4
2012 14.6 0.3

2013 15.2 0.6
2014 17.9 0.8

Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.

The new definition of rape went into effect in 2013. The revised definition expands rape to include both male and female victims, and reflects the various forms of sexual penetration understood to be rape, especially nonconsenting acts of sodomy, and sexual assaults with objects.

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Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/crime/JAR_Display.asp?ID=qa05233. December 13, 2015.

Data source: Arrest estimates for 1980-2012 developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS website.

Arrest estimates for 2013 and 2014 developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice based on data published in the FBI's Crime in the United States reports [Tables 29, 39, and 40]. These are preliminary estimates that will be updated upon release of final estimates on the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Arrest Data Analysis Tool.

 

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