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Chapter 4b

By D:d Finliclhor Phd, Kimberly Mircbcll Phd and Tanis Wolak Id


In rhc andysis of crime, the pcrspeitives of vicrims and potential vicrims often yield ditFcrenr and complcmenrary insighrs to the peopecrive of 1:lw mforcemcnr olficids for convsnrional crime; the vicrim perspecrive is represenred, for example, by the National Crime Victimization Survey, which has been an imporranr complemenr ro rhe law cnforcemenr pcrspccrie ohrained from policc records. To undersrand ways ro prevenr and intcrvcnr in thc problenl of inretner offenses, rhis victim-level pcrspecrive is squally importanr and was the imp~dsc behind rhe Yourh liltcrnet Safer). Survey dzscribed in this chapter. This national study, fuiliird by- the US Congress rliroug! ~ a grant 10 the Nariunal Cerirsr for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), confirms some of the reality purrrayed by other chapters in these volumes. Large numbzn of young people who us thr Inrcrncr are mcounrering imiziinred scvua! solicirarions, sexual materid illy do nor scck, and people who rhrearcn and harass them in various ways. The study also presents a complemeiirary picrurc of the many kinds ofsituarions young propls expriicr~ce rhar tend ra escape otficial drtcction. Further, it shows rhat somc you~

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