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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does the victim-offender relationship vary with the age of the victim or the age of the offender in sexual assault victimization of juveniles?
A: Age and relationship characteristics of sexual assault offenders vary with the age of the juvenile victim.

Juveniles as victims of sexual assault

Relationship
to victim
                                Age of offender                             
Under 12 12-17 18-24 25-34 35 & older

In a typical 1,000 sexual assaults of children age 6 or younger
Family member 65 156 66 136 164
Acquaintance 83 106 55 66 87
Stranger 3 4 2 3 6
 
In a typical 1,000 sexual assaults of young juveniles ages 7-11
Family member 30 176 36 89 174
Acquaintance 81 145 48 71 122
Stranger 1 5 5 5 11
 
In a typical 1,000 sexual assaults of juveniles ages 12-17
Family member 1 28 26 40 122
Acquaintance 5 264 240 101 119
Stranger 1 9 18 14 15

Note: Data are from law enforcement agencies in 35 states and the District of Columbia.

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  • In 2008, older juvenile family members and family members age 25 and older were the most common offenders in sexual assaults against very young children (persons ages 6 or younger).
  • Nearly half of offenders who sexually assaulted young juveniles (persons ages 7 to 11) in 2008 were older juvenile acquaintances and family members/ acquaintances age 35 and older.
  • Half of all offenders who sexually assaulted older juveniles (persons ages 12 to 17) were acquaintances between ages 12 and 24.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02403.asp?qaDate=2008. Released on December 21, 2010.

Adapted from Snyder, H. & Sickmund, M. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report, p. 29. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1999.

Data Source: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. National Incident-Based Reporting System, 2008: Extract Files [Computer file]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2010-08-13.

 

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