National Institute of Justice Releases Findings from Survey on Rape Victimization
Monday, March 6, 2006 11:05 AM

The National Institute of Jusice, the research division of the U.S. Department of Justice, has issued a report entitled "Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Rape Victimization: Findings from the National Violence Against Women Survey".  Written by Patricia Tjaden and Nancy Thoennes, the research finds differences in rape prevalence relating to age, gender, race/ethnicity, and age at which victims are first raped.  The survey also comments on the status of rape as one of the most underreported crimes in the U.S. despite broad attempts to increase public education and awareness of the crime.  Furthermore, the report cites "significant gaps in understanding rape victimization" due to a general lack of research in the area; although research levels have been increasing in recent years, much progess remains to be made.  The researchers conclude the report by offering recommendations on how and on what topics future research should be conducted.

Compiled from: "Publications Summary", National Institute of Justice, 6 March 2006.