Sexual Violence in Utah: Analysis of Incident Based Crime Data
Group: Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
The purpose of this study is not to examine the number of rapes and other sexual offenses in Utah. Research already provides evidence that it would be misleading to examine the number of reported rapes in Utah each year because most victims do not report. Instead, this study examines data collected by Utah law enforcement agencies that describes the sexual offenses, its victims, and its perpetrators. The research is an endeavor to learn more about, and describe, the circumstances that surround sex offending in Utah. It also attempts to dispel many myths surrounding sexual assault. One such myth is that rape most commonly takes the form of a stranger jumping out of the shadows and attacking a young woman. By fully understanding the realities of rape and other forms of sexual assault, the public and policy makers can be better informed, and policy and practice can be more tactically directed to address this violent experience.
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