The Facts

The Facts about Crime

Crime happens every day. It can happen to females and males of any age, physical ability, class, and race or family background. Crime and violence can be traumatic for the survivor and their friends and family members. All individuals involved can have access to services for help in coping with the aftermath. The following statistics paint only an outline of the picture.

*   One woman is raped and/or physically assaulted by an intimate every 3 minutes, most often in the home of the victim or the assailant, or in an automobile.

*   As many as 1 out of 4 children will be sexually molested before the age of 18, and in 90% of these cases the victim knows the assailants.

*   One violent crime is committed every 21 seconds.

*   One aggravated assault is committed every 32 seconds.

*   One robbery is committed every minute and one larceny-theft is committed every 4 seconds.

*   One property crime is committed every 3 seconds.

*   One death every 32 minutes and one injury every 30 seconds occurs as a result of a DWI-related crash.

*   One homicide is committed every 31 minutes.

*   Battering is the major cause of injury to women, resulting in more injuries to women than auto accidents, muggings and rapes combined.

*   Forty percent of all female deaths and 10% of all male deaths in the workplace are the result of homicide.

*   The most common type of workplace violence, from 1992 to 1996, was simple assault, with an estimated average of 1,500,000 victimizations. This includes 369 aggravated assaults, 51,000 rapes and sexual assaults, 84,000 robberies, and 1,000 homicides.

*   For every reported incident of elder abuse, neglect, exploitation, or self-neglect, approximately 14 go unreported. Neglect is the most common form of elder abuse, reported in 59% of the cases. Sixteen percent of elder abuse cases involved physical abuse, and 12% of cases involved financial exploitation. In 90% of elder abuse cases, the perpetrator is known to the victim, 24% being the child of the victim.



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