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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: How does offender age vary with victim age in sexual assault?
A: Young juveniles (under age 12) are most likely to be sexually assaulted by persons under age 18.
Note: Sexual assault includes rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and fondling.
Data are from law enforcement agencies in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

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  • Forty percent of sexual assault victims under age 12 were victimized by a juvenile (under 18) offender, and 33% of juvenile victims ages 12 to 17 were sexually assaulted by a juvenile offender.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02401.asp?qaDate=2016. Released on October 22, 2018.

Data Source: National Archive of Criminal Justice Data. National Incident-Based Reporting System Extract Files for 2016 [Computer files]. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor].

 

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