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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008
NCES 2009-022
April 2009

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Table 17.1.

Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being afraid of attack or harm, by location and selected student and school characteristics: Various years, 1995–2007


Student or school characteristic At school   Away from school  
1995 1999 2001 2003 2005   20071 1995 1999 2001 2003 2005   20071  
Total  11.8 7.3 6.4 6.1 6.4   5.3   5.7 4.6 5.4 5.2   3.5  
                                 
Sex                                 
Male  10.8 6.5 6.4 5.3 6.1   4.6   4.1 3.7 4.0 4.6   2.4  
Female  12.8 8.2 6.4 6.9 6.7   6.0   7.4 5.6 6.8 5.8   4.5  
                                 
Race/ethnicity2                                 
White  8.1 5.0 4.9 4.1 4.6   4.2   4.3 3.7 3.8 4.2   2.5  
Black  20.3 13.5 8.9 10.7 9.2   8.6   8.7 6.3 10.0 7.3   4.9  
Hispanic  20.9 11.7 10.6 9.5 10.3   7.1   8.9 6.5 7.4 6.2   5.9  
Asian  6.2 ! 2.3 ! 7.4    
Other  13.5 6.7 6.4 5.0 5.7   3.3 ! 5.4 6.6 3.9 3.1 !  
                                 
Grade                                 
6th  14.3 10.9 10.6 10.0 9.5   9.9   7.8 6.3 6.8 5.6   5.9  
7th  15.3 9.5 9.2 8.2 9.1   6.7   6.1 5.5 6.7 7.5   3.0  
8th  13.0 8.1 7.6 6.3 7.1   4.6   5.5 4.4 5.3 5.0   3.6  
9th  11.6 7.1 5.5 6.3 5.9   5.5   4.6 4.5 4.3 3.8   4.0  
10th  11.0 7.1 5.0 4.4 5.5   5.2   4.8 4.2 5.3 4.7   3.0  
11th  8.9 4.8 4.8 4.7 4.6   3.1   5.9 4.7 4.7 4.2   2.3  
12th  7.8 4.8 2.9 3.7 3.3   3.1   6.1 3.3 4.9 5.4   3.2  
                                 
Urbanicity                                 
Urban  18.4 11.6 9.7 9.5 10.5     9.1 7.4 8.1 6.7    
Suburban  9.8 6.2 4.8 4.8 4.7     5.0 3.8 4.4 4.6    
Rural  8.6 4.8 6.0 4.7 5.1     3.0 3.0 4.0 4.7    
                                 
Sector                                 
Public  12.2 7.7 6.6 6.4 6.6   5.5   5.8 4.6 5.4 5.2   3.6  
Private  7.3 3.6 4.6 3.0 3.8   2.5 ! 5.0 5.1 4.7 4.9 4.7 2.1 !
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 In 2007, the reference period was the school year, whereas in prior survey years the reference period was the previous 6 months. Cognitive testing showed that estimates from 2007 are comparable to previous years.
2 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Other includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian (prior to 2005), Pacific Islander, and, from 2003 onward, more than one race. Due to changes in racial/ethnic categories, comparisons of race/ethnicity across years should be made with caution.
NOTE: Data for 2005 have been revised from previously published figures. "At school" includes the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and, from 2001 onward, going to and from school. For the 2001 survey, the wording was changed from "attack or harm" to "attack or threat of attack." Includes students who reported that they sometimes or most of the time feared being victimized in this way. Fear of attack away from school was not collected in 1995. In 2005 and 2007, the unit response rate for this survey did not meet NCES statistical standards; therefore, interpret the data with caution. Due to a redesign of the methods used to measure urbanicity, estimates for 2007 locales are not shown. For more information, please see appendix A PDF File (301 KB).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, various years, 1995–2007.
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