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At the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention's Fifth National Summit, Administration officials, mayors, chiefs of police, community advocates, and youth leaders shared strategies to reduce and mitigate the impact of violence on our nation's youth. Administrator Listenbee highlighted ongoing federal initiatives led by OJJDP—such as the Defending Childhood Initiative and the Community-Based Violence Prevention program—that are addressing the violence epidemic that has adversely affected
youth, families, and neighborhoods across America.

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Researchers found that the number of abductions of children by strangers and slight acquaintances remained virtually the same between 1997 and 2011 (115 in 1997 and 105 in 2011); however, in 2011, a smaller portion of these incidents ended in victim homicide (8 percent in 2011 versus 40 percent in 1997). Kidnappings involving 92 percent of child victims in 2011 ended in the recovery of the child alive, compared with 57 percent of victims in 1997.

Child Victims of Stereotypical Kidnappings Known to Law Enforcement in 2011