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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Are juveniles more or less likely than adults to be victims of serious violent crime?
A: In 1995 and 1996, juveniles were twice as likely as adults to be victims of serious violent crime and three times as likely to be victims of simple assault.

Victimizations per 1,000 persons in age group, 1995 and 1996

Crime Type All
ages
        Juvenile ages       
            Adult ages               
Total 12-14 15-17 Total 18-24 25-34 35 +

Serious violent 14 26 24 29 13 29 18 7
   Rape 1 2 1 3 1 2 1 <1
   Robbery 5 9 9 9 4 9 7 3
   Aggravated assault 8 16 14 18 7 17 10 4
Simple assault 26 65 73 56 22 50 32 13
Property 131 149 151 146 129 189 163 106

Note: Detail may not add to total due to rounding.

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  • Overall, juveniles were at greater risk of violent victimizations in 1995 and 1996 than even the most victimized age group of adults.
  • Younger juveniles ages 12–14 were more likely than older juveniles to be victims of simple assault (73 per 1,000 vs. 56 per 1,000).
  • The property crime victimization rate for juveniles was greater than the adult property crime victimization rate.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: http://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02601.asp?qaDate=19990930. Released on September 30, 1999.

Adapted from Snyder, H. & Sickmund, M. Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 1999 National Report, p. 26. Washington, D.C.: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1999.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics. National Crime Victimization Survey for the years 1995 and 1996 [machine-readable data files]. Washington, D.C.: BJS.

 

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