The rate of serious violent crime against youth ages 12 to 17 declined 77 percent from 1994 to 2010, the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics said today. Serious violent crimes include rape and other sexual assaults, robbery, and aggravated assault. The rate of rape and sexual assault declined 68 percent, robbery fell 77 percent and aggravated assault dropped 80 percent. Declines in serious violent crime among youth were greater from 1994 to 2002 (down 69 percent) than from 2002 to 2010 (down 27 percent).
The rates of serious violence experienced by male and female youth became similar over time. In 2010, male youth (14.3 victimizations per 1,000) and female youth (13.7 per 1,000) were equally likely to be victims of serious violent crime, compared to 1994 when male youth (79.4 per 1,000) were nearly twice as likely as female youth (43.6 per 1,000) to experience serious violent crime. In 2010 the rate of serious violent crime against black youth (25.4 per 1,000) was more than twice the rate of white (11.7 per 1,000) and Hispanic (11.3 per 1,000) youth. From 2002 to 2010, the rates of serious violent crime declined among white youth (down 26 percent) and Hispanic youth (down 65 percent), but remained stable among black youth.