Contrary to popular belief, sex-based crimes are among the most frequently committed offenses (we know this from the National Crime Victimization Surveys over time). However, because victims are often unable or unwilling to report such a crime (or even old enough to realize that a crime was committed against them), it remains one of the most UNDER-reported person to person crimes.
While new official statistical reports emerge each year, the numbers and percentages since 2001 haven’t changed much. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who compiles the annual Uniform Crime Report, and the statistical reports from the Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics:
- The statistical victim of sexual assault is white, female, and under 18 years of age.
- The typical offender is white, male, and over 18 years of age.
- 1.8 rapes or sexual assaults are REPORTED by women for each 1,000 over age 12. (That’s about 248,000 per year.)
- .3 rapes or sexual assaults are REPORTED by men for each 1,000 over age 12. (That’s about 32,000 per year.)
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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