A 1997 study shows that in 90 percent of sex offenses committed against children less than 12 years old, the child knew the offender (Police-recorded incident data, US DOJ, Bureau of Justice Statistics 1/97). In 2000, that number increased to 93 percent (Dept of Justice, 2000). Additional statistics from these two sources indicate:
According to the book "Online Victimization of Youth: Five years later", which is written by Wolak, Mitchell, and Finkelhor (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 2006):
FACT: In Colorado, only 16.2% of all felony offenders are sent to prison (Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Research, 2006). The rest are placed on probation or Community Corrections.
FACT: The majority of sex offenders are not caught or detected. Less than 30% of sex assaults are ever reported (Tjaden and Thoennes, 2006), of which only 1% to 10% of child sexual abuse cases are reported. Young victims who know the offender are less likely to report the crime to authorities (Hansen et al, 1999).
FACT: In Colorado, 1 in 4 women, and 1 in 17 men, have been sex assault victims in
their lifetime (Colorado Department of Health, 1998).
FACT: There is no "typical" sex offender. While their behavior is similar, offenders come from all different ages, races, socioeconomic levels, cultures, etc.
FACT: Many sex offenders have no documented criminal history.
FACT: Studies show 75% of sex offenses are carefully planned. (When 3 or more assailants are involved, the number climbs to 90%.) (WebMD Feature March 27, 2000 Berkeley, CA)
FACT: A study conducted in Colorado Department of Corrections indicated 85% of the sex offenders reported having committed the crime at their own residence or at the victim's residence.
FACT: 93% of child sex abuse victims know their abusers. (Dept of Justice, 2000)
FACT: Sex offenders typically use power and control to dominate victims.
FACT: Only about 4% of rape victims sustain serious physical injuries as a result of rape. 70% report no physical injuries but all victims are harmed.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
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Denver, Colorado 80215
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