Saturday, May 25, 2013
Some good news?
Actually there's quite a bit, if you step back from the media circus. By a circuitous route, I came across this, for example. Rape is notoriously under-reported to the police, but the Bureau of Justice Statistics does an annual survey of 40,000 households and 75,000 people called the National Crime Victimization Survey. (Yes, I know, that's social science and therefore un-Christian and a threat to our freedoms. No doubt the Republicans will put a stop to it soon.) It turns out that the "of completed or attempted rape or sexual assault against females from 1995 to 2010" fell by a lot -- from 5/1,000 females 12 and over to 2.1/1,000.
I don't know why -- people have various hypotheses about this. But violent crime in the U.S. in general has fallen a lot in the past couple of decades. Think about it.