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Publication Child Rape Victims, 1992

Patrick A. Langan, Ph.D., Caroline Wolf Harlow, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

June 1, 1994    NCJ 147001

According to the FBI, 109,062 forcible rapes of females were reported to the Nation's law enforcement agencies in 1992. A Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of the States, including the District of Columbia, solicited data on victims' ages. Thirty-six States reported they did not keep such statistics. The remaining 15 States responded with information on 26,427 female victims, or nearly one-fourth of the national total. Twelve States reported in sufficient detail to distinguish juvenile from adult rape victims. In these States 51 percent of female rape victims were juveniles under age 18; females under 18 years old comprised 25 percent of the 1992 U.S. female population. The 12 States reported ages on 23,938 victims, or 22 percent of the national total. An estimated 16 percent of rape victims, or 1 in 6, were under age 12; Females under age 12 comprised 17 percent of the 1992 U.S. female population. Regardless of the data source, when the victim was under age 12, the likelihood of a family relationship with the offender was relatively high. The 12 States are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. 2 tables

Part of the Criminal Victimization: National Crime Victimization Survey Series


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