Study says school officials more likely than police to learn of students' being victimized

April 25, 2012
Justice Department study looks at children's exposure to violence

News release: A U.S. Justice Department study has found that school officials knew about students' being victimized more often (42 percent) than police (13 percent) or medical personnel (2 percent). The findings come from the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence. It says that police were the most likely to know about kidnapping, neglect and sexual abuse by an adult. School, police and medical authorities knew about a majority of serious victimizations, including incidents of sexual abuse by an adult, gang assaults and kidnappings, but were mostly unaware of other kinds of serious victimizations, such as dating violence, rape and attempted rape.

MORE: Read the study.

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