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National Crime Surveys: National Sample of Rape Victims, 1973-1982

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Other Title
  • Version 2 (Subtitle)
Publication Date
Funding Reference
  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics
Free Keywords
census data; crime; criminal justice system; demographic characteristics; households; neighborhoods; physical violence; rape; residential environment; victimization
  • Abstract

    The purpose of this study was to provide an in-depth look at rapes and attempted rapes in the United States. Part 1 of the collection offers data on rape victims and contains variables regarding the characteristics of the crime, such as the setting, the relationship between the victim and offender, the likelihood of injury, and the reasons why rape is not reported to police. Part 2 contains data on a control group of females who were victims of no crime or of crimes other than rape. The information contained is similar to that found in Part 1.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS0: Study-Level Files
    • DS1: Rape Victims
    • DS2: Other Crime Victims and Nonvictims
    • DS3: Research Note
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973 / 1982
    Time period: 1973--1982
  • 1973 / 1983
    Collection date: 1973--1983
Geographic Coverage
  • United States
Sampled Universe
All persons in the United States.
A stratified multistage cluster sample.
Collection Mode
  • The codebooks and data collection instrument for this collection are provided by ICPSR as Portable Document Format (PDF) files. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Website.

    This collection of rape cases was taken from the NATIONAL CRIME SURVEY: NATIONAL SAMPLE, 1973-1983 (ICPSR 7635). The definition of rape in the survey includes attempts that involve a verbal threat of rape only. The data in Part 1 were collected at the incident level. Part 2 data were collected at the person level, with information for up to four incidents per person.

2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.2000-09-29 SPSS data definition statements were updated and SAS data definition statements were added to this collection. Also, the codebooks and data collection instrument are now available in two PDF files. Funding insitution(s): United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
This version of the study is no longer available on the web. If you need to acquire this version of the data, you have to contact ICPSR User Support (
Alternative Identifiers
  • 8625 (Type: ICPSR Study Number)
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08625.v3
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.3886/ICPSR08625.v1
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    • ID: 10.1002/jip.1422 (DOI)
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    • ID: (URL)
  • Taylor, Lauren R.. Has rape reporting increased over time?. National Institute of Justice Journal.(254), 28-30.2006.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Baumer, Eric P.. Temporal Variation in the Likelihood of Police Notification by Victims of Rape, 1973-2000. NCJ 207497, St. Louis, MO: University of Missouri [producer]; National Institute of Justice [distributor]. 2004.
    • ID: (URL)
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    • ID: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2003.tb01006.x (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1177/088626097012005007 (DOI)
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  • Young, Laurie Elizabeth. Patterns of Victimization in Rape. Dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. 1992.
  • Harlow, Caroline Wolf. Female Victims of Violent Crime. NCJ 126826, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1991.
    • ID: (URL)
  • Eigenberg, Helen M.. The National Crime Survey and rape: The case of the missing question. Justice Quarterly.7, (4), 655-672.1990.
    • ID: 10.1080/07418829000090801 (DOI)
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    • ID: 10.1177/0022427890027003002 (DOI)
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  • Belknap, Joanne. Routine activity theory and the risk of rape: Analyzing ten years of National Crime Survey data. Criminal Justice Policy Review.2, (4), 337-356.1987.
    • ID: 10.1177/088740348700200403 (DOI)
  • Klaus, Patsy A., DeBerry, Marshall. The Crime of Rape. NCJ 96777, Washington, DC: United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. 1985.
    • ID: (URL)
  • LaFree, Gary d.. Male power and female victimization: Toward a theory of interracial rape. American Journal of Sociology.88, (2), 311-328.1982.
    • ID: 10.1086/227673 (DOI)
  • Sparks, Richard F.. Surveys of victimization -- An optimistic assessment. Crime and Justice: An Annual Review of Research.Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press. 1981.
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Update Metadata: 2015-08-05 | Issue Number: 3 | Registration Date: 2015-06-30

United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. Bureau of Justice Statistics (1987): National Crime Surveys: National Sample of Rape Victims, 1973-1982. Version 2. Version: v2. ICPSR - Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. Dataset.