report compares the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program data on
incidents of nonfatal violent crime to data from BJS’s National Crime
Victimization Survey (NCVS) to determine if arrest differences by race
and ethnicity can be attributed to differences in criminal involvement.
It examines offenders’ characteristics as reported by victims in the
NCVS and provides information on racial and ethnic disparities beyond an
arrestee and population-based comparison.
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report evaluates the methodology of the rape and sexual assault Pilot
Test, and it provides context for interpreting data presented in the
Research to Support the National Crime Victimization Survey:
Self-Report Data on Rape and Sexual Assault – Pilot Test.
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paper describes the methodology, key findings, recommendations, and
limitations of the Rape and Sexual Assault Pilot Test. The Bureau of
Justice Statistics initiated the study to develop recommendations on the
best methods to collect data on rape and sexual assault within the
National Crime Victimization Survey program, as data collections using
different methodologies and definitions have generated competing
estimates on the level of sexual victimization in the United States over
the past two decades.
Bureau of Justice Statistics funded this third-party report. It is not a
BJS report and does not release official government statistics. The
report is released to help inform interested parties of the research or
analysis contained within and to encourage discussion. The results of
the pilot test are not intended to provide official estimates of the
prevalence or incidence of rape or sexual assault in the five
metropolitan areas selected for the study. BJS has performed a limited
review of the report to ensure the general accuracy of information and
adherence to confidentiality and disclosure standards. Any statistics
included in this report are not official BJS statistics unless they have
been previously published in a BJS report. Any analysis, conclusions,
or opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not
necessarily represent the views, opinions, or policies of the Bureau of
Justice Statistics or the U.S. Department of Justice. See Bureau of Justice Statistics Assessment of the Rape and Sexual Assault Pilot Test. (2021).
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The following data collections are open for public comments:
Comments on the proposed supplemental data collection will be accepted until February 8, 2021.
Comments on the proposed supplemental data collection will be accepted until March 15, 2021.
Comments on the proposed supplemental data collection will be accepted until March 16, 2021.