Most Violent Crimes And 80 Percent Of Rapes Went Unreported In 2016, DOJ Says

Anders Hagstrom | Justice Reporter

Nearly 60 percent of violent crimes and 80 percent of rapes and sexual assaults went unreported to police in 2016, according to a Thursday Justice Department report.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) estimated that there were 5.7 million violent victimizations against Americans in 2016, including rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated and simple assault. While the crimes affected roughly 1.3 percent of the population, only 42 percent of the total crimes and 23 percent of the sex crimes went reported. One in ten American households were victimized when taking property crime into account as well.

The report comes two months after the BJS released its official tally of reported 2016 violent crimes in September. The Bureau found that violent crime rose for the second year in a row, spiking by more than 4 percent.

The FBI found that aggravated assaults counted for more than 64 percent of all violent crimes in 2016. Murders made up roughly 1.4 percent of violent crimes, with nearly 17,500 killed last year. The Bureau also noted that, while 2016 represents a four-year high in violent crime, it is still 12.3 percent lower than crime rates in 2007. (RELATED: Gun Prosecutions Up 23 Percent Following Crackdowns From Trump, Sessions)

2016 violent crime statistics (Credit: FBI)

2016 violent crime statistics (Credit: FBI)

In October, the FBI released statistics on assaults against police officers as well, finding that early 60,000 officers across the United States were assaulted in the line of duty in 2016.

The FBI’s annual report on law enforcement officers killed or assaulted and showed that 118 officers died or were killed and 57,180 were assaulted in 2016, roughly one in 10. The report shows a shocking spike in assaults since 2015, when 50,000 officers were assaulted and 86 were killed. The total for assaults is the highest since 2009 and the death total is the highest since 2008.

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