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Race & Rape in America
(2/28/97) The following information provided by contributor W.S.W. is from
the January 1997 Department of Justice (DOJ) Statistics Report "Sex
Offenses and Offenders" by Lawrence A. Greenfeld. To order a copy of
the full 39- page report, call 1-800-732-3277. It is also available on the
Internet at (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/)
under "What's New." Editor.
The Report: "The racial distribution of arrestees for rape
is similar to the racial distribution for all violent UCR* arrests--56%
of arrestees for rape in 1995 were "white," 42% were black, and
2% were of other races."
Editor: To confuse rather than elucidate, the DOJ and the FBI classify most
Hispanics as white, although the majority of Hispanics are non-white. The
category "Other" refers to American Indians and Orientals. Offenders
from the Middle East, India, Pakistan, etc. are also classifed as "white."
Therefore, I've placed quotation marks around white where ever it appears
in the DOJ text.
[*The 1995 FBI Uniform Crime Reports is being cited here. WSW]
Editor: Greenfeld boldly misleads casual readers! In the 3-page Executive
Summary (1/97, NCJ-163931, p. 1) for the full 39-page report, the BJS Statistician
Lawrence Greenfeld comments: "Federal statistical series obtaining
data on arrested or convicted persons... show a remarkable similarily
in the characteristics of those characterized as rapists:... 6 in 10 are
white,..." (?) If the Department of Justice would separate Hispanics
from whites, whites would be less than half of the offenders, possible only
one-third. However, even 6 in 10 is not a "remarkable similarity,"
especially when 72% of the population is non-Hispanic whitesw. When less
than half the offenders are of any one race, there is no similarity. In
the Executive Summary, Greenfeld draws the wrong conclusion to mislead readers
without the time or inclination to check out and understand the full report.
See "FBI says gender and race no longer crime
factors!" for a report on when and how the FBI started hiding the
racial factor in American crime.
WSW: "Rapes with black offenders and black victims were
about twice as likely as "white-on-white" rapes to involve the
use of a gun or knife (14% versus 7%), but interracial rapes, black-on-white
or white-on-black [of course white-on-black rapes are so scarce that this
statistic more accurately reflects black-on-white rapes], were equally likely
to involve the use of a gun or knife (about 22%)."
WSW: Note in the above statistics that while black males make up only about
6% of the US population, they commit over half of all violent crimes and
over 43% of all rapes. The "Other" category is primarily Asian-American
and American Indian.
Offenders in State prison
Characteristic violent Rape assault
of offenders, 1994 429,400 33,800 54,300
Male 96.2% 99.6% 98.8%
Female 3.8 0.4 1.2
"White" 48.1% 52.2% 73.9%
Black 48.2 43.7 22.8
Other 3.7 4.1 3.3
MURDERS INVOLVING SEXUAL ASSAULT
WSW: The following table details the "characteristics of known offenders
in murders involving sexual assault from 1976-94."
Source: FBI, Supplementary Homicide Reports.
characteristic All Sexual assault
Male 86.6% 95.0%
Female 13.4 5.0
"White" 47.8% 58.0%
Black 50.3 39.9
Other 1.9 2.1
Sexual assault murder victims differ markedly from other murder
victims. Compared to all murder victims, those who died as a consequence
of a sexual assault were substantially more likely to be female and "white."
WSW: Note that black men (6% of the population) are over-represented according
to their race by a factor of more than eight (for all murders) and by a
factor of more than six (for all murders involving sexual assault). If you'd
rather compare by race alone, the factors are four-plus and three-plus,
RAPE VICTIM CHARACTERISTICS
WSW: The following is a breakdown of the characteristics of murder victims
and sexually assaulted murder victims according to the FBI Supplementary
characteristic All assault
---------------- -------- ----------
Sex of victim
Male 76.4% 18.0%
Female 23.6 82.0
Race of victim
"White" 51.7% 68.4%
Black 46.3 28.9
Other 2.0 2.7
INTRA & INTER-RACIAL SEXUAL ASSAULTS
WSW: This next information was tucked away at the bottom of the report.
Too bad, it's quite illuminating.
About 8 out of 10 sexual assault murders were intraracial [within
the race]. "White" victims and "white" offenders accounted
for 55% of sexual assault murders, black victims and black offenders accounted
for 24% of all murders involving sexual assault. [However,] 2% involved
black victims and "white" offenders, 15% involved "white"
victims and black offenders, and the remainder involved victims and offenders
of other races. [Editor: Quotation marks around whites added because DOJ
includes most Hispanics as whites.]
Editor: For black on "white" compared to "white" on
black, there are 8 times more blacks committing sexual assault murders on
"whites." Since "whites" outnumber blacks 8 to 1 in
the American population, the per capita ration is 64 to 1. You can look
up this information yourself at (http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/soo.htm).
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