The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has published “Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors,” the latest in its Crimes Against Children bulletin series.
The bulletin presents population-based epidemiological information about the characteristics of juvenile offenders who commit sex offenses against minors. The authors analyze data from the FBI’s National Incident-Based Reporting System to describe the characteristics of the juvenile sex offender population who have come to the attention of law enforcement. Key findings include:
- Juveniles account for more than one-third (36 percent) of those known to police to have committed sex offenses against minors.
- Juveniles who commit sex offenses against other children are more likely than adult sex offenders to offend in groups, at schools, and to have more male and younger victims.
Findings may support the development of research-based interventions and policies to reduce sexual assault and child molestation as perpetrated by juvenile offenders.
“Juveniles Who Commit Sex Offenses Against Minors” (NCJ 227763) is available online at www.ojjdp.ncjrs.gov/publications/PubAbstract.asp?pubi=249770.
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