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Juvenile Victimization: 1987-1992

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Date Published
June 1994
2 pages
This Fact Sheet presents data on trends in the violent criminal victimization of juveniles between 1987 and 1992.
In 1992, 1.55 million violent crimes were committed against juveniles (ages 12-17), which was a 23.4-percent increase from the 1.26 million violent victimizations of juveniles in 1987. Although the number of violent crimes against juveniles increased 23.4 percent from 1987 to 1992, the juvenile population increased less than 1 percent. Compared with persons ages 25 to 34, in 1992, juveniles had almost twice the violent victimization rate. Compared to persons 35 and over, juveniles had more than five times the violent victimization rate. Comparing rates for specific crime categories also indicated significant differences at the 95-percent confidence level in virtually all crime categories. In 1992, the rate of assault (simple and aggravated) among juveniles was more than twice that of those ages 25 to 34 and almost six times that for those over age 35. Robberies, both completed and attempted, accounted for only 14.7 percent of all violent juvenile victimizations.

Date Published: June 1, 1994