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Sunday, June 7, 2015

Virginia Crime Report 2014: Pornography and Prostitution Arrests Increased for the Second Year in a Row, Juvenile Arrests Dropped and the Number of Male Victims Increased in the Last Year. But 76 of the 1198 Pornography Arrests Were Juveniles (Children), Not Adults that’s 6.3% of the Total!


When the 2013 Virginia Crime Report was released last year I did not do a post on the totals. The last time I posted Virginia Crime Report stats was back in 2013 for the 2012 Report. 

So let’s see what a difference a few years makes.
In 2014:
There were 4,949 victims of the 4,668 forcible sex offenses (up from 2013) reported by the contributing agencies; 85.5% of the victims were female.  

The breakdown of Group A Offenses totals 444,022 crimes (down from 2013) of this group:
  • Forcible Sex Offenses were 1.11% of offenses
  • Non-Forcible Sex Offenses were 0.04% of offenses
  • Pornography* was 0.26% of offenses
  • Prostitution* was 0.29% 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. -Mary

*- Notice the increase again from last year, I’m betting it’s due to the creation of new Human Trafficking crimes -Mary 

Victim by Age and Sex and the Offender by Age and Sex:
  • Male victims of Forcible Sex Offenses were 15.33% of offenses (up from 2013)
  • Female offenders were 5.3% of offenses (up from 2013)
Juvenile Arrests totaled 12,223 crimes (down from 2013). Of this total, 288 (up from 2013, 76 which were Pornography and 2 were Prostitution, remember these are juveniles) of them were sexual, that works out to be 2.35% (up from 2013) of Juvenile Arrests in 2012 were Sexual. 

In the Group A Offense category Sexual Arrests were 1.05% of total (up from 2013). 


In 2013:
There were 4,888 victims of the 4,590 forcible sex offenses (down from 2012) reported by the contributing agencies; 85.2% of the victims were female.  

The breakdown of Group A Offenses totals 456,160 crimes (down from 2012) of this group:
  • Forcible Sex Offenses were 1.07% of offenses
  • Non-Forcible Sex Offenses were 0.04% of offenses
  • Pornography* was 0.23% of offenses
  • Prostitution* was 0.22% 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. -Mary

*- Notice the increase from last year, I’m betting it’s due to the creation of new Human Trafficking crimes -Mary 

Victim by Age and Sex and the Offender by Age and Sex:
  • Male victims of Forcible Sex Offenses were 14.77% of offenses (down from 2012)
  • Female offenders were 4.9% of offenses (down from 2011)
Juvenile Arrests totaled 13,070 crimes (up from 2012). Of this total, 278 (up from 2012) of them were sexual, that works out to be 2.12% of Juvenile Arrests in 2012 were Sexual. 

In the Group A Offense category Sexual Arrests were 1.00% of total (down from 2012).
 

In 2012: 
There were 5,093 victims of the 4,771 forcible sex offenses (up from 2011) reported by the contributing agencies; 84.6% of the victims were female.  

The breakdown of Group A Offenses totals 472,836 crimes (down from 2011) of this group:
  • Forcible Sex Offenses were 1.07% of offenses
  • Non-Forcible Sex Offenses were 0.04% 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. -Mary 

Victim by Age and Sex and the Offender by Age and Sex:
  • Male victims of Forcible Sex Offenses were 15.15% of offenses (down from 2011)
  • Female offenders were 5.6% of offenses (up from 2011)
Juvenile Arrests totaled 10,257 crimes (down from 2011). Of this total 195 (down from 2011) of them were sexual, that works out to be 1.90% of Juvenile Arrests in 2012 were Sexual. 

In the Group A Offense category Sexual Arrests were 1.11% of the 2012 total.
 

In 2011: 
There were 5,104 victims of the 4,768 forcible sex offenses (up from 2010) reported by the contributing agencies; 85% of the victims were female.  

The breakdown of Group A Offenses totals 479,582 crimes (down from 2010) of this group:
  • Forcible Sex Offenses were 1.06% of offenses
  • Non-Forcible Sex Offenses were 0.043% of offenses
  • Pornography* was 0.142% of offenses
  • Prostitution was 0.198% 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. -Mary 

Victim by Age and Sex and the Offender by Age and Sex:
  • Male victims of Forcible Sex Offenses were 15.19% of offenses
  • Female offenders were 5.5% of offenses
Juvenile Arrests totaled 16,462 crimes (down from 2010). Of this total 296 (43 which were Pornography and 4 were Prostitution, remember these are juveniles) of them were sexual, that works out to be 1.79% of Juvenile Arrests in 2012 were Sexual. 

In the Group A Offense category Sexual Arrests were 0.99% of the 2012 total. 

So in the last four years in the Group A Offense category Sexual Arrests have zigzagged:
2014 -   Group A Offense 444,022 crimes of those 4,668 were forcible sex offenses, that’s 1.05%
2013 -   Group A Offense 456,160 crimes of those 4,590 were forcible sex offenses, that’s 1.00%
2012 -   Group A Offense 472,836 crimes of those 4,771 were forcible sex offenses, that’s 1.11%
2011 -    Group A Offense 479,582 crimes of those 4,768 were forcible sex offenses, that’s 0.99%  

Less than 1.25% of Violent crime in Virginia is sexual, but almost every year one of the Top 5 bill submission requests by Virginia Legislators that requires a fiscal impact statement because it adds more prison time is in fact, Sex Offender bills.

Wouldn’t it make more sense for the Virginia Legislators to focus on crimes that are at a rate of 5% or more like simple assault, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, fraud, vandalism, narcotics and weapons? Especially since we already know the recidivism rate for these non-sexual crimes are at a much, much higher rate than sex offenses by sex offenders. 

A smarter registry instead of a bigger and more expensive registry is what the citizens of Virginia deserve. 

Yes, there was a very small increase in sexual arrests in 2014, but the increase was in Pornography and Prostitution and 76 of the 1198 Pornography arrests were juveniles, NOT adults. That’s 6.3%! Children viewing other children, or perhaps “Sexting” with their boyfriend or girlfriend and action that should NOT be a crime if no intimidation, threat, force or financial extortion was involved or the child in the image was not secretively filmed. 

So when your local news channel runs a story stating that Violent Crime increased in Virginia by 1% in 2014, know that Forcible Sex Offenses are 1.05% of the entire total and that’s lower than it was in 2012! 

Mary Devoy