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NCJ Number: 248471 Find in a Library
Title: Rape and Sexual Assault Among College-age Females, 1995-2013
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Sofi Sinozich; Lynn Langton Ph.D.
Date Published: December 2014
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: Agency Summary|PDF|Text
Agency Summary: https://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=pbdetail&iid=5176 
Type: Issue Overview; Statistics
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Special Report compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization of females aged 18 to 24 who are enrolled and not enrolled in college, and examines the relationship between the victim and offender, the involvement of a weapon, location of the victimization, reporting to police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics.
Abstract: This Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Special Report compares the characteristics of rape and sexual assault victimization of females aged 18 to 24 who are enrolled and not enrolled in college, and examines the relationship between the victim and offender, the involvement of a weapon, location of the victimization, reporting to police, perceived offender characteristics, and victim demographics. Data analyzed is from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes, both reported and not reported to the police, against persons from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. The report also discusses methodological differences between the NCVS and other surveys that measure rape and sexual assault victimization, and the impact of these on rape and sexual assault estimates. Highlights of this report include: 1) the rate of rape and sexual assault was 1.2 times higher for nonstudents (7.6 per 1,000) than for students (6.1 per 1,000); 2) for both college students and nonstudents, the offender was known to the victim in about 80% of rape and sexual assault victimizations; 3) most (51%) student rape and sexual assault victimizations occurred while the victim was pursuing leisure activities away from home, compared to nonstudents who were engaged in other activities at home (50%) when the victimization occurred; 4) the offender had a weapon in about 1 in 10 rape and sexual assault victimizations against both students and nonstudent; and 5) rape and sexual assault victimizations of students (80%) were more likely than nonstudent victimizations (67%) to go unreported to police.
Main Term(s): Rape; Sexual assault; Victimization
Index Term(s): BJS Resources; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS); College Students; Females; Rape statistics; Sexual assault statistics; Statistics; Young Adults (18-24)
Note: The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is the principal Federal agency responsible for measuring crime, criminal victimization, criminal offenders, victims of crime, correlates of crime, and the operation of criminal and civil justice systems at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels. BJS collects, analyzes, and disseminates reliable and valid statistics on crime and justice systems in the United States, supports improvements to state and local criminal justice information systems, and participates with national and international organizations to develop and recommend national standards for justice statistics. This report was written by Sofi Sinozich, BJS intern, and Lynn Langton, Ph.D. Jennifer L. Truman verified the report. Jill Thomas and Lynne McConnell edited the report. Barbara Quinn produced the report.
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