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Study Finds Young People Much More Likely to Be Victims of Sexual Assault

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A study conducted recently by Penn State criminologists has a number of interesting findings for California sex crime lawyers. The research finds that young people are much more likely to be victims of sexual assault, and also that sexual attractiveness plays a big factor in these crimes.

The recent study found that young males as well as females are much more likely to become targets of sexual assaults, including rapes. Fifteen year olds were the most frequent victims of assaults, regardless of whether they were male or female, and regardless of the age of the person committing the offense.

Seniors and women are much less likely to commit sexual assault, but when they are involved in such crimes, their most frequent victims are still 15 years of age. Females who were 15 years old were approximately 9 times more likely than 35-year-old women to be victims of sex crimes, like rape.

The researchers also believe that sexual attractiveness plays a big role in such crimes. In fact, they believe that sexual attractiveness is a major reason why younger people are at such a high risk for sexual assaults. Males are typically attracted to younger females, a fact that is borne out by the media and entertainment industry. When a person is committing a robbery, he's also much more likely to commit rape if the robbery victim is a young woman between the ages of 15 and 29.

If you believe that negative male attitudes towards women are the major reason for such targeting of younger female victims, you would be wrong. Statistics confirm that both gay as well as straight men are likely to target younger victims during these sex crimes.

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