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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: How do the trends in serious violent crime victimization of youth vary by offense?
A: Both younger (12-14) and older (15-17) juveniles had declining rates of victimization for all types of violent victimization between 1993 and 2003.
Victimizations (Robbery) per 1,000 persons in age group, 1993-2003

Victimizations (Aggravated assault) per 1,000 persons in age group, 1993-2003

Victimizations (Rape/Sexual assault) per 1,000 persons in age group, 1993-2003

Victimizations (Simple assault) per 1,000 persons in age group, 1993-2003

Note: Victimization rates are per 1,000 persons in age group

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  • The decline in the rate of simple assault victimizations for younger juveniles was larger than that for older juveniles (-57% versus -46%), so that by 2003 their rates of victimization were nearly equal.
  • Older juveniles had the highest rate of aggravated assault victimization between 1993 and 2003.
  • Because the rape/sexual assault rates for young teens are low, insufficient sample cases were available to analyze annual rates for younger and older teens separately. Juveniles and young adults had higher rates than the adults throughout the period except in 2003 when the rates for juveniles and adults converged.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02503.asp?qaDate=2003. Released on September 12, 2008.

Data Source: Baum, K. (2005) Juvenile victimization and offending, 1993-2003. Bureau of Justice Statistics: Special Report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice.


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