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Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault

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dc.contributor.author Kruttschnitt, Candace
dc.contributor.author Kalsbeek, William
dc.contributor.author House, Carol
dc.date.accessioned 2018-01-18T21:24:34Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-18T21:24:34Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Kruttschnitt, Candace; Kalsbeek, William; House, Carol (Eds.). (2014). Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault. National Research Council of the National Academies, 264 pgs. en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://www.nap.edu/read/18605/chapter/1
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11990/631
dc.description.abstract The Bureau of Justice Statistics' (BJS) National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) measures the rates at which Americans are victims of crimes, including rape and sexual assault, but there is concern that rape and sexual assault are undercounted on this survey. BJS asked the National Research Council to investigate this issue and recommend best practices for measuring rape and sexual assault on their household surveys. Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault concludes that it is likely that the NCVS is undercounting rape and sexual assault. The most accurate counts of rape and sexual assault cannot be achieved without measuring them separately from other victimizations, the report says. It recommends that BJS develop a separate survey for measuring rape and sexual assault. The new survey should more precisely define ambiguous words such as "rape," give more privacy to respondents, and take other steps that would improve the accuracy of responses....This report examines issues such as the legal definitions in use by the states for these crimes, best methods for representing the definitions in survey instruments so that their meaning is clear to respondents, and best methods for obtaining as complete reporting as possible of these crimes in surveys, including methods whereby respondents may report anonymously….Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault focuses on methodology and vehicles used to measure rape and sexual assaults, reviews potential sources of error within the NCVS survey, and assesses the training and monitoring of interviewers in an effort to improve reporting of these crimes. (Author Abstract) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher National Academies Press en_US
dc.subject Research Overview en_US
dc.subject Measurement en_US
dc.subject Sexual Violence en_US
dc.subject Sex Crime en_US
dc.subject Sex Offense en_US
dc.subject Gaps in Research en_US
dc.subject Barriers to Reporting en_US
dc.title Estimating the Incidence of Rape and Sexual Assault en_US
dc.type Book en_US


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