UA-174898256-1 Crimes Against Children Research Center

About CCRC

About the CCRC

A Pressing Need for Knowledge

Children and adolescents have among the highest rates of conventional crime victimization and, 
in addition, suffer from some crimes like sexual abuse and family abduction specific to childhood. 
Despite enormous publicity about crime and youth, however, this high vulnerability is seldom mentioned. 
The disproportionate number of youthful offenders is much more widely recognized than the 
disproportionate number of victims.

Crimes against children also deserve special attention because of their different and potentially more severe consequences

1 Hashima & Finkelhor (1999)
2 Kilpatrick (1992)
3 NCANDS (1998)
4 Straus & Gelles (1980)