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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Sexual Violence in Virginia 2012: 15.15% of Sex Victims Were Male, 5.6% of Sex Offenders Were Female and Less Than 1.5% of All Crimes Commited Were Sexual

 
I’m always looking for data on this platform and I finally took the time to breakdown the numbers from the 2012 Crime Report for Virginia. 

2012 Crime in Virginia: Virginia State Police    http://www.vsp.state.va.us/Crime_in_Virginia.shtm 

There were 5,093 victims of the 4,771 forcible sex offenses reported by the contributing agencies; 84.6% of the victims were female.  

The following 2012 crime trends within Virginia are presented in the report: 

·        Virginia experienced a decline in violent crime (murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault) of 3.0 percent compared to 2011; the FBI figures for the same period of time are not yet available.
·        Property crime such as burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft decreased 3.3 percent; the FBI figures for the same period of time are not yet available.
·        The homicide rate increased slightly for 2012 (3.86) compared to 2011 (3.77) per 100,000 population. Based on the ages reported, victims tended to be older than offenders; 23 percent of homicide victims were 50 years of age or older, while only 6 percent of offenders were in the same age group.
·        Motor vehicle thefts and attempted thefts decreased 8.0 percent.  Of the 8,988 motor vehicles stolen, 4,729 or slightly over one-half were recovered (52.6%). Automobiles and trucks stolen had the highest percent recovered (62.4 percent, 62.9 percent), while recreational and “other” motor vehicles (motorcycles, mopeds, snowmobiles, etc.) had the lowest percent recovered (35.6 percent, 32.5 percent). Four out-of-ten (40.3 percent) of all motor vehicle offenses were reported stolen from the location of residence or home. The value of all motor vehicles stolen was $59,806,194, while the value recovered was $33,021,149 (52.2 percent).
·        Drug and narcotic offenses showed slight decreases in 2009 (-2.5%) and 2008 (-3.5%). For the past three years drug offenses have increased compared to the previous year (5.3 percent in 2010, 7.1 percent in 2011 and 9.4 percent for 2012).
·        Fraud offenses increased by 7.5 percent when compared to 2011.
·        Robbery decreased 13.2 percent. Of the 4,729 robberies and attempted robberies, 37 percent took place between 8 pm. and midnight. The days of the week showed little variability with the most robberies occurring on Saturdays (16 percent) and the fewest on Thursdays (13 percent).
·        Of the weapons reported, firearms were the most frequently used in homicides (71 percent) and robberies (57 percent). 
·        There were 143 hate crimes reported in 2012. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) were racially or ethnically motivated. Bias toward sexual orientation was next highest (19 percent) while bias toward religion comprised 16 percent. The remaining 2 percent reported was attributed to a bias against a victim’s physical or mental disability. The offense of destruction/damage/vandalism of property was associated in just over half of all reported bias motivated crimes (51 percent). 

On page 4 you’ll notice that Forcible Sex Offenses AND Non-Forcible Sex Offenses have both decreased in 2012 from 2011. 

Whereas Pornography arrests have continued to increase each year including 2012. That would be because of Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces (ICAC) in large counties/cities within the  Commonwealth that have been formed and expanded over the last few years. ICAC's receive not only State funding, but Federal funding, grants and the support of organizations like PROTECT to work full-time on entrapping folks.

·         Southern Virginia ICAC
·         Northern Virginia ICAC 

The breakdown of Group A Offenses totals 472,836 crimes for 2012 

·         Forcible Sex Offenses were 1.07% of offenses
·         Non-Forcible Sex Offenses were 0.004% of offenses
·         Pornography* was 0.015% of offenses
·         Prostitution was 0.02% of offenses 

*  - I could not determine if the Pornography category includes all or some of the variety of charges including Production, Distribution, Sale and Possession. I’m guessing all of the above but in reality Possession should be separate as no physical contact ever occurred with the possessor and the victim in the image. I also wonder what category a charge of on-line communication with a minor (usually a cop) and/or solicitation of a minor gets put into.