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Old 06-16-2008, 03:45 PM   #64
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Re: Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned: Threads About Women In Aikido

Jennifer Yabut wrote: View Post
Here are some rape statistics for you to chew on:


Seventy-seven (77)% of completed rapes are committed by non-strangers (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997). A woman is four times more likely to be raped by an acquaintance than by a stranger (Illinois Coaliltion Against Sexual Assault, 2002).

Murder statistics (slightly outdated, but I'm pretty sure the percentages haven't changed much):


When the relationship between offender and victim was known, about 25 percent of murders occurred between strangers. These murders tend to be "thrill" killings—done for the immediate thrill and with no personal motive. Examples are random drive by shootings, dropping a rock on a car from an overpass or bridge, or shooting at cars on highways. Roughly 22 percent of murders were between family members. In 53 percent of murders the offender and victim were acquaintances. At the start of the twenty-first century approximately one thousand individuals per year were killed in gang-related activities. The victim may or may not have known his or her murderer. Teenage gangs often operate in a culture where violence and killing is not only expected but encouraged.

Over time, the most common traits of murderers have found them to be male, between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four, and an acquaintance of the victim. The weapon of choice is a firearm.
You do realize that your reference web site uses data from:
A) surveys, books, reports, and university research but no hard data.
B) mostly outdated from 1992 to 1997, with only one instance of a new report in 2007 and even that was an estimation.
C) Nothing from UCR.
D) Misinformation. Like this, "Acquaintance rape is rarely reported to police. Less than 2% of acquaintance rape victims reported the assault whereas 21% of women raped by strangers reported the crime to police (Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 2002). " The problem with this is how did the ICASA find out that 98% of acquaintance rape isn't reported. Um, if it isn't reported ...

From this page:

It's 1999 stats, so they are within your range of "data". Notice that "Supplemental data for 1999 indicate that 48% of all murder victims knew their assailants. Twelve percent of offenders were identified as strangers, and offenders were unknown in 40% of murders."

That's different than your quoted "about 25 percent of murders occurred between strangers."

In fact, going further, if one removes gang murders from the equation, I'm sure the percentage for murder victims knew their assailant would go down quite a bit from the 48%.

And you really have to wonder about this program:

Doing surveys to figure out crime statistics?!?

Whom does the NCVS interview?

The survey collects its data from a nationally
representative sample of individuals age 12 or
older living in U.S. households. Basic
demographic information, such as age, race, sex,
and income, is collected to enable analysis of
victimizations of various subpopulations.
Interviews are translated for non-English speaking
respondents. The NCVS does not cover individuals
living in institutions.

How are survey participants selected?

Each month the U.S. Bureau of the Census selects
respondents for the NCVS using a "rotating panel"
design. Households are randomly selected, and all
age-eligible individuals in a selected household
become part of the panel.


The new NCVS broadens the scope of covered sexual
incidents beyond the categories of rape and
attempted rape. These include:
* sexual assault (other than rape)
* verbal threats of rape or sexual assault
* unwanted sexual contact without force but
involving threats or other harm to the victim.

These new categories, broadened coverage, and more
extensive questions on sexual victimizations have
elicited information on about 3 to 4 times as many
sexual crime victimizations as in the past.


Multiple questions and cues on crimes committed by
family members, intimates, and acquaintances have
been added. The survey also encourages
respondents to report incidents even if they are
not sure whether a crime has been committed. The
survey staff review these reported incidents
using standardized definitions of crimes.
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