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Message ID: 8243
Date: 2009-09-16

Author:Finkelhor, David

Subject:New FBI data

The FBI reported yesterday that crime dropped 2% from 2007 to 2008. All forms of violent crime were down including rape, which was down 1.6% in raw numbers and 2.4% in rate. While there is no specific child victimization category, bear in mind that well over half of the rapes known to law enforcement are against persons under the age of 18, so that this rape decline is very much a drop in child victimization. Importantly, the rape rate is down 9.6% since 2004, considerably more of a decline than the overall crime drop during this period. It is hard to know whether the recession will push crime and rape rates up, but some of the effects of the downturn were clearly being felt in the latter half of 2008, which is part of the period covered by this FBI data. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that some of the ameliorative influences are recession proof. For more data, see: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/data/table_01a.html David Finkelhor Crimes against Children Research Center Family Research Laboratory Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824 Tel 603 862-2761* Fax 603 862-1122 email: david.finkelhor@unh.edu My new book has been released. Click on it for more details and to order. http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/ http://www.unh.edu/frl/ Content-Type: image/jpeg; name="image001.jpg" Content-Description: image001.jpg Content-Disposition: inline; Content-ID:

The FBI reported yesterday that crime dropped 2% from 2007 to 2008. All forms of violent crime were down including rape, which was down 1.6% in raw numbers and 2.4% in rate. While there is no specific child victimization category, bear in mind that well over half of the rapes known to law enforcement are against persons under the age of 18, so that this rape decline is very much a drop in child victimization. Importantly, the rape rate is down 9.6% since 2004, considerably more of a decline than the overall crime drop during this period. It is hard to know whether the recession will push crime and rape rates up, but some of the effects of the downturn were clearly being felt in the latter half of 2008, which is part of the period covered by this FBI data. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that some of the ameliorative influences are recession proof. For more data, see: http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2008/data/table_01a.html David Finkelhor Crimes against Children Research Center Family Research Laboratory Department of Sociology, University of New Hampshire Durham, NH 03824 Tel 603 862-2761* Fax 603 862-1122 email: david.finkelhorunh.edu My new book has been released. Click on it for more details and to order. http://www.unh.edu/ccrc/ http://www.unh.edu/frl/ Content-Type: image/jpeg; name="image001.jpg" Content-Description: image001.jpg Content-Disposition: inline; Content-ID: