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SPECIAL REPORT: Violent Victimization Committed by Strangers 1993-2010

December 2012:

Report No: NCJ239424

Presents findings on the rates and levels of violent victimization committed by offenders who were strangers to the victims, including homicide, rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. The report presents annual trends and compares changes across three 6-year periods in the incidence and type of violence committed by strangers from 1993 through 2010. It describes the characteristics of victims and circumstances of the violent crime. The nonfatal violent victimization estimates were developed from the Bureau of Justice Statistics' National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) which collects information on nonfatal crimes, reported and not reported to the police, against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households. The homicide data are from the FBI's Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR) for 1993 through 2008.

  • In 2010, strangers committed about 38% of nonfatal violent crimes, including rape/sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault.
  • In 2005-10, about 10% of violent victimizations committed by strangers involved a firearm, compared to 5% committed by offenders known to the victim.
  • From 1993 to 2008, among homicides reported to the FBI for which the victim-offender relationship was known, between 21% and 27% of homicides were committed by strangers and between 73% and 79% were committed by offenders known to the victim

...Source... by Erika Harrell, Ph.D, BJS Statistician
eAdvocate note: Interesting, as bad as the report seems -generally speaking-, there is no -SPECIFIC- mention of Rape and Other Sexual Assaults in the Highlights. Also, on pg-10 (PDF) Table-13 shows that both Rape and Other Sexual Assault Homicides by Strangers have come down about 50% since 1993.

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