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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does the age profile of sexual assault victims vary with offender age?
A: A greater proportion of juvenile offenders' sexual assault victims were under age 18 (95%) than were victims of adult offenders (64%).
Percent of sexual assault victims by age, within offender category

Note: Sexual assault includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.

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  • Compared to the victims of other non-fatal violent offenses committed by juvenile offenders, a disproportionate number of sexual assault victims were younger than age 10 (47%) and relatively large numbers were ages 3 to 5 (20%).
  • Among those victimized in violent crimes committed by juvenile offenders, approximately 9% were victims of sexual assault.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02404.asp?qaDate=20050531. Released on May 31, 2005.

Adapted from McCurley, C., and Snyder, H. (2004). Victims of Violent Juvenile Crime. Washington, DC: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Federal Bureau of Investigation. (2000). National Incident-Based Reporting System Master Files for the years 1997 and 1998 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation.


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