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Violent Crime

The crime-statistics show that about 31 million total crimes are reported in the United States annually. That's an average of one crime per second.

 

It is estimated that somewhere in the United States, the following will happen within the next hour:

900 Thefts

189 Violent Crimes

124 Assaults

66 Robberies

24 Sexual Assaults

12 Rapes

2 Murders

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Sexual Violence

On average, there are 321,500 victims (age 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States.

  • As of 1998, an estimated 17.7 million American women had been victims of attempted or completed rape.

Young women are especially at risk.

  • 82% of all juvenile victims are female. 90% of adult rape victims are female.
  • Females ages 16-19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

Young women, low-income women and some minorities are disproportionately victims of domestic violence and rape. Women ages 20-24 are at greatest risk of nonfatal domestic violence , and women age 24 and under suffer from the highest rates of rape.

 

Graphic illustrating the statistic that 1 in every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed, 2.8% attempted).


Out of every 1000 rapes:

310 are reported to police

57 reports lead to arrest

11 cases get referred to prosecutors

7 cases will lead to a felony conviction

6 rapists will be incarcerated

The Long-Term Effects of Sexual Violence

The likelihood that a person suffers suicidal or depressive thoughts increases after sexual violence.

  • 94% of women who are raped experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) during the two weeks following the rape.
  • 30% of women report symptoms of PTSD 9 months after the rape.
  • 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.
  • 13% of women who are raped attempt suicide.
  • Approximately 70% of rape or sexual assault victims experience moderate to severe distress, a larger percentage than for any other violent crime.

Women in College

Categories Student victims Non-student victims
Total 31,302 65,668
Completed rape 10,237 26,369
Attempted rape 7,864 15,792
Sexual assault 9,714 18,260
Threat of rape or sexual assault 3,488 5,247

 

The Justice Department estimates that one in five women will experience rape or attempted rape during their college years, and that less than five percent of these rapes will be reported.

The DOJ's Bureau of Justice Statistics indicated that completed rape represented 33% of incidents between 1995 and 2013 among college women (aged 18–24) who reported any kind of sexual assault.

Women ages 18-24 who are college students are 3 times more likely than women in general to experience sexual violence. Females of the same age who are not enrolled in college are 4 times more likely.

Intimate Partner Violence

  •  In 2008 females age 12 or older experienced about 552,000 nonfatal violent victimizations (rape/sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated or simple assault) by an intimate partner (a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend).
  • The rate of intimate partner victimizations for females was 4.3 victimizations per 1,000 females age 12 or older. The equivalent rate of intimate partner violence against males was 0.8 victimizations per 1,000 males age 12 or older.

 

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Demographics:

  • Females age 18 or older experienced higher rates of intimate partner violence than females age 12 to 17 (4.5 per 1,000 compared to 1.7 per 1,000, respectively).
  • Black females historically have experienced intimate partner violence at rates higher than white females.
  • In 2008, Hispanic and non-Hispanic females experienced intimate partner violence at about the same rates (4.1 per 1,000 females age 12 or older versus 4.3 per 1,000, respectively).

Changes In Violent Victimization

 

The rate of rape or sexual assault increased, from 1.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons in 2014 to 1.6 per 1,000 in 2015 (see NCVS measurement of rape and sexual assault in Methodology). No measurable change was detected in the rate of simple assault from 2014 (12.4 per 1,000) to 2015 (11.8 per 1,000).

The rate of domestic violence, which includes crime committed by intimate partners and family members, was flat from 2014 to 2015. No measurable change was detected from 2014 to 2015 in the rate of intimate partner violence, which includes victimizations committed by current or former spouses, boyfriends, or girlfriends. However, the number of victimizations committed by an intimate partner increased from 2014 to 2015.

 

From 2014 to 2015, no change was detected in the percentage of violent victimization in which assistance from a victim service agency was received.

 

Victim service agencies are publicly or privately funded organizations that provide victims with support and services to aid their physical and emotional recovery, offer protection from future victimization, guide them through the criminal justice system process, and assist them in obtaining restitution. Victims may not receive services because they do not seek or ask for assistance, do not qualify, or services may not be available. From 2014 to 2015, no significant change was detected in the overall percentage of violent crime victimizations where assistance from a victim service agency was received (9.1%).

 

The percentage of simple assault victimizations in which assistance from a victim service agency was received declined from 9.5% in 2014 to 6.0% in 2015. The percentage of intimate partner violence where assistance was received from a victim service agency also had a decline from 28.2% to 18.3%. The only increase from 2014 to 2015 in the percentage of violent crime victimizations where assistance was received from a victim service agency was for violent crime victimizations in which a weapon was involved. The percentage of these victimizations increased from 7.2% in 2014 to 15.0% in 2015.