UA-174898256-1 Crimes Against Children Research Center

Kidnapping and Missing Children


Fact Sheet

Non-Family Abduction [click here for a printer-friendly version in pdf]

Stereotypical stranger abductions of children are rare.

Teenage girls are the group at greatest risk for non-family abduction.

In police reports of abductions, juveniles are kidnapped as often by non-family acquaintances as by strangers.

Finkelhor, D., & Ormrod, R. (2000). Kidnapping of Juveniles: Patterns from NIBRS.  Washington, DC:  U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.