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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Does the victim-offender relationship vary with the age of the victim or the age of the offender in sexual assault victimization of juveniles?
A: Age and relationship characteristics of sexual assault offenders vary with the age of the juvenile victim.

Child victims of sexual assault by relationship and offender age

  Age of offender
Relationship to victim Under 12 12 to 17 18 to 24 25 to 34 35 & older
In a typical 1,000 sexual assaults of:
Children under 6
  Family member 94 142 62 161 186
  Acquaintance 66 70 43 74 90
  Stranger 2 2 2 3 4
Children ages 6-11
  Family member 52 180 40 114 185
  Acquaintance 85 103 34 68 121
  Stranger 2 3 2 4 7
Children ages 12-17
  Family member 3 45 44 53 147
  Acquaintance 5 279 196 78 114
  Stranger 0 6 10 8 12

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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  • Older juvenile family members and family members age 25 and older were the most common offenders in sexual assaults against very young children (persons ages 6 or younger).
  • Nearly 60% of offenders who sexually assaulted young juveniles (persons ages 6 to 11) were older juvenile (12 to 17) family members/acquaintances and family members/acquaintances age 35 and older.
  • Nearly half of all offenders who sexually assaulted older juveniles (persons ages 12 to 17) were acquaintances between ages 12 and 24.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02403.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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