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Publication Bureau of Justice Statistics Assessment of the Rape and Sexual Assault Pilot Test

Jeffrey H. Anderson, Ph.D., BJS Director, Allen J. Beck, Ph.D., BJS Statistician

January 11, 2021    NCJ 256009

This report evaluates the methodology of the rape and sexual assault Pilot Test, and it provides context for interpreting data presented in the study, Methodological Research to Support the National Crime Victimization Survey: Self-Report Data on Rape and Sexual Assault – Pilot Test. BJS funded the methodological research to develop and test a new methodology for measuring rape and sexual assault, with the goal of collecting more accurate statistics on the nature and frequency of those crimes. The Pilot Test provided important findings that have helped to inform BJS's ongoing efforts to improve the measurement of rape and sexual assault in the National Crime Victimization Survey. The third-party report detailing the results of the Pilot Test does not provide official government statistics, nor does it provide nationwide statistics.

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