In Brief: Dec. 20, 1999

DON'T BE A TATTLETALE? Although the U.S. crime rate is declining, a new Justice Department study offers some major caveats: many crimes are never reported to any authority, and violent crimes against juveniles are reported less often than those against adults (44% vs. 55%). Sexual assaults and thefts are reported about as often for both groups. But in those three categories of crime, no more than 3 out of 10 offenses against juveniles get reported to police. Parents can help by encouraging kids to talk about any crime against them.

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