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Juveniles as Victims
School Crime Victimization
Q: Are students safer at school or away from school?
A: In 2017, students were more likely to be victims of serious violent crime away from school than they were at or on their way to school.
Note: Every 10 years, the survey sample is redesigned to reflect changes in the population. Due to the sample redesign and other methodological changes implemented in 2006, use caution when comparing 2006 estimates to other years.
Another redesign and sample increase took place during the 2016 data collection. Use caution when comparing victimization estimates among youth in 2016 to estimates for other years.

Serious violence includes rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violent victimization includes serious violence and simple assault.

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  • In 2017, students age 12-18 were victims of an estimated 255,900 serious violent crimes; more than four of every ten (43%) of these incidents took place at or on the way to school.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02201.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on December 13, 2019.

Data Source: Adapted from Table 228.20: Number of nonfatal victimizations against students ages 1218 and rate of victimization per 1,000 students, by type of victimization, location, and year: 1992 through 2016. Available from: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_228.20.asp; data for 2017 adapted from Table 228.20: Number of nonfatal victimizations against students ages 1218 and rate of victimization per 1,000 students, by type of victimization, location, and year: 1992 through 2017. Available from: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d18/tables/dt18_228.20.asp

 

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