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NCJ Number: 222612 Find in a Library
Title: Rape Co-Occurrence: Do Additional Crimes Affect Victim Reporting and Police Clearance of Rape?
Journal: Journal of Quantitative Criminology  Volume:24  Issue:2  Dated:June 2008  Pages:205-226
Author(s): Lynn A. Addington; Callie Marie Rennison
Date Published: June 2008
Page Count: 22
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides initial data on crimes that co-occur with rape and the effect of co-occurring crimes on victim reporting of rape to police and police clearance of rapes with co-occurring crimes.
Abstract: The study found that relatively few rapes involved co-occurring crimes. According to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 17 percent of rapes occur with an additional crime, and the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) indicates that only 67 percent of rapes co-occur with other crimes. This subset of rape cases, however, carries a number of increased risk factors for victims. Such rapes are more likely to involve weapons, strangers, additional injury to the victim, and multiple offenders. Rapes with co-occurring crimes are more likely to be reported to police than rapes without additional crimes. These cases are also more likely to be cleared by police than rapes committed with no other crimes involved. The study used two national data sources that collect the required incident information. One source (NCVS) obtains self-reported information from individuals regarding criminal victimizations they have personally experienced, whether or not they were reported to police. The second data source contains information on crimes known to the police (NIBRS). 5 tables and 61 references
Main Term(s): Sexual assault victims
Index Term(s): Citizen crime reporting; Clearance rates; Multiple victimization; Rape; Rape research; Sexual assault victims
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