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Rape in Arkansas 1990

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Date Published
June 1991
Using the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definition of rape, this report presents data on rape in Arkansas for 1990.

The UCR defines forcible rape as "the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will." Assaults to commit forcible rape are also included, but statutory rape (without force) is not included. There were 1,009 rapes and attempted rapes in Arkansas reported through the UCR program, a 10-percent increase over 1989. When time of day was known, 57 percent of all rapes occurred between 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. More rapes occurred in July than any other month. There were slightly more white victims of rape than black victims (52.4 percent). In cases involving 90 victims under 10 years old, no external weapons were used to exert force on the victim. Of the remaining incidents, 1 of 5 involved the use of a firearm, knife, or club/blunt instrument. For offenses in which race was known, 83 percent were between members of the same race. Where the offender was known to the victim, 20 percent of the rapes involved family members. Where time lapse was known, 55.5 percent of the rapes were reported to police agencies within 4 hours of the commission of the offense. Where the offender's age was known, 43 percent were between the ages of 20 and 30 years. Of the 856 victims of actual rape, 72 percent received medical attention. 17 tables and 2 figures

Date Published: June 1, 1991