Relationship Between Crime And Gender

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Throughout history, crime rates associated with gender have changed within the United States. Since the 1970’s, both the Uniform Crime Reports and National Crime Victimization Surveys have reported that crime rates have indeed declined in both sexes. Through the investigation and gathering of facts surrounding the relationship between crime and gender, it can be shown that gender does play a significant role when it comes to criminality. It impacts on the types of crimes being committed and the forms of victimizations that partake along with those crimes. Criminologists have been able to utilize crime reports on the differences and similarities between crime and gender and examine the trends and patterns between both male and female offenders …show more content…
Through the years, crime trends show that males are the ones that dominate the numbers in committing crimes than compared to females, with the exception of prostitution (Schwartz & Steffensmeier, 2005). According to the “The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia”, men are accounted for at least 80% of violent crimes and at least 70% of property crimes being committed (The Social History of Crime and Punishment in America: An Encyclopedia, 2012). Sources state that the reason why the male population exceeds crime rates is that there is a correlation between masculinity and criminal behavior. Men tend to be more assertive and physically active, whereas women are understood to be more passive-aggressive and are better communicators (Fones, 2014). Therefore, male offenders are connected with more serious, sexual and violent crimes, such as murder, burglary and arson. Female offenders are associated with minor property and petty crimes, such as larceny, theft, fraud, substance abuse, forgery and embezzlement (Steffensmeier & Allan, 2002). Resources believe that males are higher repeater offenders than females. Displaying violent behaviors and the possibility of having negative influences are two big factors that can contribute to it. Females have a much lower arrest rate when compared to the males, even though data has shown that …show more content…
The first article called “Police identify man suspected of fatally shooting two men, including brother, in Queens apartment building”, involved two gang rivals and a firearm. During a gang argument, one of the rivals brutally shot the other. Instead of hitting his target, the bullet accidentally went through the man’s body and into the forehead of the shooter’s brother. Shots were continued, both the brother and the victim were pronounced dead (Stepansky, 2015). Another article, titled “Masked Man Robs Woman in Arlington”, focused on victimizing a female. During broad daylight, a woman was approached by a stranger while she was leaving her home. The male perpetrator forced her inside, tied her up and committed a robbery. The suspect did not physically harm the female (Overtuf, 2015). A third article, a man brutally captures and physically assaults his girlfriend in their own home. He is later captured by the police and has multiple charges against him, such as kidnapping, assault and theft. A female offender, also known as the “Military Mistress” was arrested for fraud and forgery. The female criminal married 14 servicemen in hopes of making easy money. Bobbi Ann House wedded her victims and cheated them out of money by consistently writing poor checks that would eventually appear in her own account. Bobbi was sentenced for 3 years in prison

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