Crimes against children including assault and bullying have decreased in the past decade in the US, according to the latest statistics from the Crimes Against Children Research Center (CCRC). An article posted on Techsonia.com reports that these figures mirror the overall reduction in violence since the 1990s.
Sociologists declared this finding, which they call the great crime decline, "truly amazing".
According to an article by Michael McEnaney of Tech Times, of the 50 trends addressed in the survey, there were 27 significant reductions, and no important increases between the years of 2003-2011. Particularly large declines were reported for:
- Assault victimization
- Sexual victimization
- Perpetration of violence
- Property crime
- More girls than boys are victimized in sexual offenses and kidnapping. Boys, more than girls, were victims of all other crimes.
- The most commonly reported offense was simple assault.
- Adult offenders are responsible for 48% of the crimes labeled as victimization of children.
- Family members make up 26% of offenders against children.
- Acquaintances make up 63% of perpetrators.
- Juvenile crime victims are slightly more likely to be non-white.
- Juvenile victimizations appear to constitute 1 in 11 of all crimes reported to police officials.
- 25% of all juvenile victims are under the age of 12.
- Although the emphasis in the last few years has been on sexual victimization of juveniles, the data show that aggravated assault is reported at about the same frequency.
- 40% of those surveyed experienced physical assault in the last year. 1 in 10 experienced an assault-related injury.