|Juvenile Arrest Rate Trends
The juvenile arrest rate for rape declined steadily between 1991 and 2012.
|Note: Rates are arrests of persons ages 10-17 per 100,000 persons ages 10-17 in the resident population.
Beginning in 2013, the FBI broadened the definition of rape, removing the phrase “forcible” from the offense name and description. The new definition of rape is: Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim. The new definition includes the NIBRS offenses of rape, sodomy, and sexual assault with an object.
Law enforcement agencies may submit data on rape arrests based on either the new or legacy definition of rape. Due to differences in agency reporting practices, arrest rates for rape are not available after 2012.
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Internet Citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available:
October 22, 2018.
Data source: Arrest estimates developed by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and disseminated through "Arrest Data Analysis Tool." Online. Available from the BJS
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