As Terry Frieden reports for CNN, a trend in lower levels of violent crime
that ran a full two decades is at risk of getting reversed with an increase
in the number assault cases, which include threats without a weapon, rape
Here are the statistics:
- 3.9 million simple assaults (threats without weapons)
- 1.8 million sexual assaults, robberies and aggravated assaults
These numbers indicate an increase in victims for every 1,000 people, going
from roughly 19 to 22.5.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics survey, from which these
numbers were gathered, the assault cases include both reported and unreported
crimes. The increase affected whites and Hispanics but not African Americans.
But the survey may not be anything to worry over.
The FBI Uniform Crime Report is “the most closely watched report
of its kind,” according to Frieden, and is due out on Oct. 29. Apparently
this report might continue to show a decrease in overall violent crime,
which would keep the two-decade long downward trend intact.
In Maryland, any accusation of assault, from felony second-degree assault
to sexual assault, or even assault charges related to child discipline,
can mean serious consequences for the accused.