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Most Juvenile Crime Victims Are Other Juveniles

Most Sexual Assaults Are Against Other Juveniles

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Analysis of Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Incident-Based Reporting System data from 1997 and 1998 shows that 19 percent of the victims of nonfatal violent crimes were victimized by a juvenile offender —- either a juvenile acting alone, multiple juveniles, or juvenile and adult offenders acting together.

About two-thirds (62 percent) of the victims of nonfatal violence committed by juvenile offenders were themselves younger than 18, and about one-third (38 percent) were adults. Other findings include the following:

  • Most (95 percent) of the victims of sexual assaults committed by juveniles were younger than 18, as were 43 percent of victims of robberies by juveniles, 53 percent of aggravated assaults, and 61 percent of simple assaults.

  • Almost half (48 percent) of the victims of nonfatal violent crimes committed by juveniles were other juveniles who were acquaintances of the offender.

  • About 1 in 15 victims of nonfatal violent crimes by juveniles (7 percent) was an adult who was a stranger to the offender.

  • Most (74 percent) of the victims who reported violent crimes by juveniles said the offender was a male.

  • Many (42 percent) of the female victims of violent crimes by juveniles were victimized by other females.

  • Among victims of simple assault by juveniles, more than half (52 percent) of those older than 30 were the offender's parent or stepparent.

  • Among all victims of violent crimes involving juvenile offenders, 17 percent faced multiple juveniles acting together and 15 percent faced juveniles and adults acting together. Among victims of robberies involving juveniles, 61 percent faced multiple offenders.

  • In sexual assaults, robberies, and aggravated assaults committed by juveniles, 40 percent of victims were injured, compared with 48 percent of the victims of the same offenses committed by adults.

  • About 1 in 2 juvenile victims of violent crime (51 percent) faced a juvenile offender.

  • About 1 in 10 adult victims of violent crime (9 percent) faced a juvenile offender.

Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

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