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Juveniles as Victims
Violent Crime Victimization
Q: Are juveniles more or less likely than adults to be victims of serious violent crime?
A: In 2018, young adult ages 18 to 24 were more likely to be victims of serious violence than juveniles ages 12 to 17 or adults ages 25 & over.
Note: Serious violence includes rape/sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. Violence includes serious violence and simple assault.

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  • Overall violent crime victimization rates were about the same for juveniles ages 12-17 (34.0 per 1,000) and young adults ages 18-24 (35.2 per 1,000); rates for both age groups were above the rate for adults ages 25 & over.
  • The rate of serious violent crime was highest for the 18-20 age group (18.7 per 1,000).
  • Younger juveniles (age 12-14) were more likely than older juveniles and adults to be victims of simple assault (35.0 per 1,000).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02601.asp?qaDate=2018. Released on March 31, 2020.

Data Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Victimization Analysis Tool (NVAT). Online. Available from the BJS website.


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