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9. Nonfatal teacher victimization at school*
Students are not the only ones who are victims of crime at school. Teachers are also targets of violence and theft in schools. In addition to the personal toll that violence may take on teachers, those who worry about their safety may have difficulty teaching and may leave the profession altogether. Information on the number of crimes against teachers at school can help show the nature and prevalence of the problem.
- Over the 5-year period from 1996 through 2000, teachers were the victims of approximately 1,603,000 nonfatal crimes at school, including 1,004,000 thefts and 599,000 violent crimes (rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault) (table 9.1). On average, this translates into 321,000 nonfatal crimes per year, or 74 crimes per 1,000 teachers per year. Among the violent crimes against teachers during this 5-year period, there were about 69,000 serious violent crimes (11 percent of the violent crimes), including rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. On average, this translates into 14,000 serious violent crimes per year.
- The average annual violent crime rate for teachers at school varied by gender (figure 9.1 and table 9.1). Over the 5-year period from 1996 through 2000, male teachers were more likely to be victims of violent crimes than female teachers (50 vs. 20 crimes per 1,000 teachers).
- During the 1996-2000 period, senior high school and middle/junior high school teachers were more likely to be victims of violent crimes (most of which were simple assaults) than elementary school teachers (35 and 49, respectively, vs. 15 crimes per 1,000 teachers) (figure 9.1 and table 9.1). Senior high school and middle/junior high school teachers also were more likely to experience theft at school than elementary school teachers (56 and 59, respectively, vs. 36 thefts per 1,000 teachers).
- Teachers were differentially victimized by violent crimes at school according to the location of where they taught (figure 9.1 and table 9.1). For example, over the 5-year period from 1996 through 2000, urban teachers were more likely to be victims of violent crimes than suburban and rural teachers (36 vs. 21 and 17, respectively, per 1,000 teachers). Teachers in urban areas were more likely to experience theft at school than those in rural areas (53 and 31 respectively, per 1,000 teachers), but no differences were detected when urban teachers' experiences of theft were compared to suburban teachers (53 and 46, per 1,000 teachers).
*This indicator has been updated to include 2000 data.