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Juveniles as Victims
School Crime Victimization
Q: Are students safer at school or away from school?
A: Students are more apt to be victims of serious violent crime away from school than at or on the way to school.

Victimizations per 1,000 students ages 12-18, 1992-2010

 
  Serious violent 
        Violent         
        Theft       
        Total       
Year School Away School Away School Away School Away

1992 8 34 53 75 101 75 154 150
1993 13 33 53 70 94 68 147 138
1994 13 32 59 68 92 62 151 131
1995 9 26 52 61 91 60 142 121
1996 10 25 46 57 79 59 125 116
1997 8 26 40 57 68 62 108 119
1998 8 22 40 51 55 50 95 101
1999 8 19 36 44 63 41 99 85
2000 5 13 27 34 47 41 75 75
2001 6 11 29 29 48 34 76 63
2002 4 11 25 26 38 30 63 55
2003 5 12 26 31 46 27 72 58
2004 4 9 24 23 39 27 63 50
2005 5 10 22 23 33 24 55 47

2007 4 7 28 22 33 22 61 44
2008 5 8 24 20 24 18 49 38
2009 4 7 20 14 22 19 43 33
2010 4 5 14 11 18 15 32 26

Note: Due to changes in methodology, the 2006 national crime victimization rates are not comparable to other years and cannot be used for yearly trend comparisons. Serious violent crimes include sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent crimes include serious violent crimes plus simple assault.

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  • In 2010, students ages 1218 were victims of an estimated 228,700 serious violent crimes; nearly two of every five (40%) of these incidents took place at or on the way to school.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02201.asp?qaDate=2010. Released on March 05, 2012.

Data Source: Robers, S., Zhang, J., and Truman, J. (2012). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011 (NCES 2012-002/NCJ 236021). National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, and Bureau of Justice Statistics, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Washington, DC.

 

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