“Many people==especially minorities and immigrants–do not report their victimizations to police, however.” from Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Curt R. Bartol and Anne M. Bartol, 2008. Thousand Oaks, CA. Sage Publishers.
On the other hand, people who are really pissed off have no trouble contacting the police and want them to do something about it. I am taking an Introduction for Forensic Psychology course online at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and this quotation comes from a chapter on Victims and Victimology. But it is true; many people who are afraid of the police or don’t trust them for a variety of reasons do not report crimes that have been committed against them, so crime statistics are actually well under-reported.
Our assignment this week was to read chapters on The Development of Habitual Criminal Behavior and Psychology of Violence and Intimidation but I read a little ahead because of the topics I chose for my discussion and for my written assignment, as well as my research paper which focuses on the youngest victims of crime, abused and neglected children, whom I work with in my capacity of a CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) for children. I have two more chapters to read in another book, which looks at the humanity of offenders and looks at crime from the offenders’ perspective. Our assignments focused on that topic. Those assignments were not easy to do, because it doesn’t seem natural to look at crime from the perpetrators’ perspective, but it is helpful to try to understand crime from that perspective.
It was a challenge but I learned a lot from these assignments. But that’s why I’m taking the course–to learn.