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Archive for ‘Facts and Stats’ Category

Violence and Victimization Statistics

I just read a great post by Andy Kahan with statistics about violence and victimization in the United States. Most notably, the statistics say that 4.6 million violent crimes occur each year in the United States. And that statistic apparently only includes the 47% of violent crimes that actually get reported to law enforcement. Additionally,… Read More

FBI Statistics Show Robberies on the Rise

Mark Potter recently wrote about rising robbery rates in the United States. I include an excerpt: A boom in bank robberies, many of them fueled by criminals in search of money for drugs, is alarming law-enforcement officials across the nation. After declining a couple of years ago, robberies in the U.S. are on the rise… Read More

Teen & Dating Violence Statistics

Rachael Aram recently reported statistics from a year 2000 Justice department Report. She reported the following disturbing statistics: -Forty percent of teenage girls ages 14 to 17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend. In one study, from 30 percent to 50 percent of female high school… Read More

Men Hide Past Victimization More

Debbie Parkes recently reported on a study that indicates that men hide past victimization more than woman: Nearly one in 10 male respondents reported having been sexually abused in childhood. Of those, about 34 per cent said they had never told anyone prior to being interviewed for the survey. By comparison, between 20 per cent… Read More

The Prevalence of False Accusations

In my recent article, The Danger of False Accusations, I call false accusations of sexual victimization one of the greatest hindrances to the active opposition to sexual victimization. In the article, I contend that men tend to rightfully fear false accusations, and thus hesitate to support (one-sided) anti-rape and anti-sexual-assault programs. Many people – mostly… Read More

U.S. Crime Rates in First Six Months of 2006

Take a look at preliminary violent crime rates during the first six months of 2006 compared with the first six months of 2005. Violent crimes overall: +3.7 percent Murders: +1.4 percent Forcible rape: -0.1 percent Robbery: +9.7 percent Aggravated assault: +1.2 percent Property crimes overall: -2.6 percent Burglaries: +1.2 percent Larceny-theft: -3.8 percent Motor vehicle… Read More

Connecticut Still Wastes Its Resources

When over 25% of inmates in the United States are non-violent drug “offenders”, it irks me to see violent criminals walk the streets freely. Many people don’t understand that the war on drugs increases violence and victimization, such as with alcohol during the 1930s prohibition. However, even these people must admit that it irks them… Read More

Domestic Violence Facts

Unfortunately, domestic violence persists to plague America. To successfully protect ourselves, our friends, and our families, we must recognize the reality and prevalence of domestic abuse. provides many facts on their website. These are some: Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend per year to… Read More

Revolving-Door Justice

I just found an intersting article on the national center for policy analysis about violent crime. The article says that violent crime continues to be a serious problem in the United States despite reports of a decline in the overall crime rate. The article refers to “revolving-door justice”, which means that violent criminals get… Read More

Violent Crime Rate

Here’s a graph of the violent crime rate. I want to take this time to emphasize my immense frustration with the enforcement of victimless crimes – costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars a year – when violent crimes are bleeding this country. Find the graph of violent crime below: Graph From:

U.S. Crime Quiz

I just found an interesting quiz on U.S. crime facts and police work. Many of the answers stunned me. I won’t share them now, so that I won’t ruin the quiz for you. I recommend you take this quiz. It’s fun and enlightening at the same time. -Scott Hughes

Total Crimes

In 2004, U.S. residents age 12 or older experienced approximately 24 million crimes, according to findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey. 18.6 million were property crimes. 5.2 million were crimes of violence. Victims experienced 223,290 rapes and sexual assaults in 2003, and 4.6 million physical assaults. Please keep yourself, your family and your friends… Read More