Introduction to Sex Crimes


Reports of sexual violence have followed the general crime trend in America, falling by two-thirds from 1993 to 2003, then stabilizing, according to the Justice Department's National Crime Victimization Survey. But while overall sex crime has declined in the past 15 years, two specific types have gained vast attention in the media: sexual solicitation of minors via the Internet and drug-facilitated sexual assault, commonly referred to as date-rape or club drugs. Some advocates complain that the focus on those “nefarious stranger” crimes has continued to obscure the larger truth about sexual assault: that seven in 10 victims say the offender was an intimate partner, relative, friend or acquaintance. This source list includes government resources, advocacy groups and individual experts. Citing safety considerations, some of the advocacy groups insist on contact by email and do not publish their phone numbers.

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