Crime-Statistics Against Women

The crime-statistics show that about 31 million total crimes are reported in the United States annually. That's about one crime per second.

Victim rates of violent crimes have increased. Without warning, a situation can turn from safe to sorry; turning you not only into a victim, but the top news story of the day.

And, most people who are victimized never imagined that crime would happen to them. It always happens to the other person.

The crime-statistics indicate that in the next hour, somewhere in the United States, the following will happen:

  • 900 Thefts
  • 189 Violent Crimes
  • 124 Assaults
  • 66 Robberies
  • 24 Sexual Assaults
  • 12 Rapes
  • 2 Murders
  • Do you have the necessary knowledge and skill set to protect yourself against one of these crimes and not be counted in the next crime-statistics? Do you know what to do if confronted by an attacker? Do you have a game plan to deal with violent crime?

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    The following crime-statistics information is presented from the 2007 National Crime Victims' Rights Week Resource Guide compiled from information from the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Office for Victims of Crime.

    Statistical Overview of Crime & Victimization in the United States

  • 47% of violent crimes and 40% of property crime was reported to the police.
  • An estimated 16,692 persons were murdered nationwide in 2005; an increase of 3.4% from the 2004 figure.
  • In 2005, 389,100 women and 78,180 men were victimized by an intimate partner.
  • In 2005, victims experienced 191,670 incidents of rape and sexual assault.
  • More than one million women and almost 400,000 men are stalked annually in the United States.
  • In 2005, teens ages 12 to 19 and young adults ages 20 to 24 experienced the highest rates of violent crime.
  • In 2005, teenagers (ages 12 to 19) experienced 1.5 million violent crimes; this figure includes 176,020 robberies and 73,470 sexual assaults and rapes.
  • In 2005, 24% of all violent crime incidents were committed by an armed offender, and 9% by an offender with a firearm.
  • An average of 1.7 million people are victims of violent crime while working or on duty each year. An estimated 1.3 million (75%) of these incidents are simple assaults while an additional 19% are aggravated assaults.
  • In 2005, 95,426 crimes were reported on college and university campuses; 97% were property crimes and 3% were violent crimes.

  • Homicide Statistics

  • The crime-statistics show that of female murder victims in 2005, 33.4% were killed by their husbands or boyfriends. In contrast, 2.4% of the male victims were murdered by their wives or girlfriends.
  • In 2005, homicides occurred in connection with another felony (such as rape, robbery or arson) in 23% of incidents.

  • Sexual Violence Statistics

  • In 2005, victims age 12 or older experienced 191,670 rapes/sexual assaults.
  • 92% of rape or sexual assault victims in 2005 were female.
  • Crime-statistics indicate that of female rape or sexual assault victims, 73% were assaulted by someone they knew and 26% were assaulted by a stranger. 38% of women assaulted by a known offender were friends or acquaintances of the rapist, and 28% were intimate partners.
  • In 2005, only 38.3% of all rapes and sexual assaults were reported to law enforcement.
  • 41% (38,794) of reported forcible rapes were cleared (usually by arrest) by law enforcement.
  • Almost a third (30.1%) of all sexual assaults occurred at or in a victim's home.
  • Victim compensation programs paid $16.8 million for forensic sexual assault exams in 2004; an almost 50% increase from 2003.
  • Characteristics associated with a positive legal outcome in sexual assault cases include being examined within 24 hours of the assault, having been assaulted by a partner or spouse, having been orally assaulted, and having anogenital trauma.
  • A review of sexual assault cases in an emergency department found that 12% of cases were identified as suspected drug-facilitated sexual assaults.
  • Rape survivors who had the assistance of an advocate were significantly more likely to have police reports taken and were less likely to be treated negatively by police officers. These women also reported that they experienced less distress after their contact with the legal system.
  • Between 1992 and 2000, all rapes, 39% of attempted rapes and 17% of sexual assaults against females resulted in injuries. Most victims did not receive treatment for their injuries.
  • Victims of rape are 13 times more likely to develop two or more alcohol-related problems and 26 times more likely to have two or more serious drug abuse-related problems than non-crime victims.

  • Campus Crime Statistics

  • In 2005, 189,448 crimes were reported on college and university campuses; 97% were property crimes and 3% were violent crimes.
  • Crime-statistics indicate that of the violent crimes reported on college campuses, 1,445 (53%) were aggravated assaults, 761 (28%) were robberies, 1,000 (18%) were forcible rapes, and 5 (01.%) were murders.
  • In 2001, more than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 were victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. More than 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 were assaulted by another student who had been drinking.
  • 13% of college women were stalked at some point between the fall of 1996 and spring of 1997. Four in five campus stalking victims knew their attackers; and three in ten college women reported being injured emotionally or psychologically from being stalked.
  • White college students had higher rates of violent victimization than students of other races.
  • Victims of sexual assault were about four times more likely to be victimized by someone they knew than by a stranger.
  • 9% of violent victimizations involved offenders armed with firearms; 7% were committed with knives; and 10% were committed with other types of weapons, such as a blunt object.
  • About 35% of violent victimizations against college students were reported to the police.
  • Most crimes against students (93%) occurred off campus; 72% of those crimes occurred at night.
  • In 2003, crimes occurring in on-campus residence halls included 955 assaults, 1,808 forcible sex offenses, and 24 non-forcible sex offenses.

  • Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Statistics

  • In 2005, 389,100 women and 78,180 men were victimized by an intimate partner. These crimes accounted for 9% of all violent crime.
  • The crime-statistics of female murder victims indicates that 33.4% were killed by their husbands or boyfriends; 2.4% of male murder victims were killed by their wives or girlfriends.
  • 3% of all murders committed in the workplace were committed by the victim's intimate partner (either husband, wife or boyfriend).
  • Domestic violence victims constituted 25% of all adult victims compensated by victim compensation programs in 2004. They received compensation for 34% of all assault claims.
  • One study found that women who have experienced any type of personal violence (even when the last episode was 14 to 30 years ago) reported a greater number of chronic physical symptoms than those who have not been abused. The risk of suffering from six or more chronic physical symptoms increased with the number of forms of violence experienced.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 high school girls reported being abused by a boyfriend.

  • Workplace Violence Statistics

  • The crime-statistics for each year between 1993 and 1999, an average of 1.7 million people were victims of violent crime while working or on duty. An estimated 75% of these incidents were simple assaults, while an additional 19% were aggravated assaults.
  • An average of 1.3 million simple assaults, 325,000 aggravated assaults, 70,100 robberies, 36,500 rapes and sexual assaults and 900 homicides occur in the United States each year.
  • Nearly 80% of workplace homicides are committed by criminals otherwise unconnected to the workplace.
  • Women are victims of 80% of rapes or sexual assaults in the workplace.
  • 12% of workplace violence victims sustain injuries. More than half of these victims are not treated or do not receive medical treatment.
  • Crime-statistics indicate that homicide accounts for 40% of all workplace deaths among female workers.
  • Female workers are also at risk for nonfatal violence. Women were the victims in nearly two-thirds of the injuries resulting from workplace assaults. Most of these assaults (70%) were directed at women employed in service organizations, such as health care, while an additional 20% of these incidents occurred in retail locations, such as restaurants and grocery stores.

  • The Statistical Mental Health Consequences of Crime

  • The crime-statistics show that crime victims have a much higher lifetime incidence of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) than people who have not been victimized (25% versus 9.4%).
  • Almost 27% of women and 12% of men who were molested developed PTSD later in life.
  • Crime-statistics indicate that major depressive disorder affects an estimated one-third of all rape victims, often for an extended period of time. One-third of women who are raped contemplate suicide and 17% attempt suicide.
  • Intimate partner victimization against American women ages 18 and older results in more than 18.5 million mental healthcare visits each year.
  • About one-third (30%) of female stalking victims and one-fifth (20%) of male stalking victims sought psychological counseling as a result of their stalking victimization.
  • Roughly one-third of mental healthcare bills for rape, physical assault, and stalking victims were paid for out-of-pocket.

  • Statistical Analysis of Cost of Crime and Victimization

  • In 2004, the total economic loss to victims was $1.1 billion for violent crime and almost $15 billion for property crime.
  • In 2003, the United States (at federal, state, and local levels) spent a record $185 billion for police protection, corrections, and judicial and legal activities. Since 1982, expenditures for operating the criminal justice system increased 418%, not accounting for inflation.
  • Crime-statistics show that victims of violent crime and their families received compensation benefits totaling $427 million in 2004.
  • Victim compensation programs paid $16.8 million for forensic sexual assault exams in 2004, an almost 50% increase from 2003.
  • In 2004, domestic violence victims made up 20% of all adult victims compensated by victim compensation programs; 34% of all assault claims were paid to domestic violence victims.
  • In 2004, medical expenses constituted 53% of all victim compensation payments, economic support for lost wages for injured victims and for lost support in homicides made up 19% of the total; 11% of total payments were for funeral bills; and 8% went toward mental health counseling for crime victims.
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