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NCJ Number: 184741 Find in a Library
Title: The Decline in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Series: OJJDP Crimes Against Children Series
Author(s): Lisa Jones; David Finkelhor
Corporate Author: Crimes Against Children Research Center
United States of America
Date Published: January 2001
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Crimes Against Children Research Center
Durham, NH 03824
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 98-JN-FX-0012
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Statistics
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This bulletin examines the decline in child sexual abuse cases.
Abstract: The bulletin is part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Crimes Against Children Series. The series attempts to improve and expand the Nation’s efforts to better serve child victims by presenting the latest information about child victimization, including analyses of statistics, studies of victims and their special needs, and descriptions of programs and approaches that address those needs. Substantiated cases of child sexual abuse decreased 31 percent between 1992 and 1998. The decline occurred in a majority of States, with no clear regional pattern. Substantiated cases of physical abuse declined 16 percent from a 1995 peak. In addition to the decline in the number of substantiated cases, child sexual abuse reports also decreased from an estimated 429,000 in 1991 to 315,400 in 1998, a decline of 26 percent. Possible explanations for the decline include a real underlying decline in the incidence of child sexual abuse and/or changes in attitudes, policies, and standards that have reduced the amount of child sexual abuse reported and substantiated. Figures, table, source, notes, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crimes against children; OJJDP final report; State crime statistics; State-by-state analyses; Statistical analysis; Statistics
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