ERIC Number: ED437451
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Reporting Crimes Against Juveniles. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Finkelhor, David; Ormrod, Richard
This bulletin addresses the issue of reporting crimes against juveniles, describing findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which gathers information from citizens on crime, including whether and how they are reported. The survey also collects information about characteristics of victimizations, the nature of the incident location, and the incident itself. This analysis discusses the information gathered on juvenile and adult reporting of sexual assaults and thefts. Results indicate that crimes involving juveniles are under-reported in absolute terms and in comparison with adults. This is not explained by the victimization of juveniles being less serious or by the tendency of juveniles to report crimes to school authorities rather than police. Under-reporting is evident even for the most serious offenses. This is partly because juvenile victims are more likely to be victimized by other juveniles, and crimes committed by juveniles are less likely to be reported. Juveniles were more likely than adults to discount their violent victimizations as minor or kid stuff. Juveniles were no more likely than adults to say that they thought the police would not take the incident seriously, nor were they more likely than adults to say that they were afraid of reprisals. Implications are discussed. (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Sexual Abuse, Stealing, Victimization, Victims of Crime, Violence
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.