Teen Victims Of Crime


Teen Victims of Crime Facts
  • Teens are twice as likely as adults to become victims of violent crime.
  • U.S. Department of Justice reports young people ages 12 through 19 have the highest rate of criminal victimization among people aged 12 and older.
  • One study found that 80% of youths that were victimized reported being victimized multiple times.
  • Teens are the least likely group to report their victimization.


If you are a victim, you might feel:
  • Embarrassed that someone took advantage of you.
  • Guilty because you could not prevent the crime and you blame yourself.
  • Fear that the perpetrator may attack you again or retaliate if you report the crime.
  • Shock that something unexpected has happened to you.
  • Sadness about the loss of the property.
  • Reluctance to talk about the crime. That nothing will be done.


If your friend is a victim of a crime:
  • Listen and reassure your friend that you believe them.
  • Don't blame your friend for becoming a victim.
  • Tell your friend repeatedly that it is not their fault.
  • Encourage them to tell someone.


For more information on teen victims of crime, please visit:



Mesa Police Department
Teen Connection

PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211



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