WASHINGTON — Women commit about 2.1 million violent crimes each year in the United States, three-quarters of which are simple assaults on other women, the Justice Department said Sunday.
By comparison, men commit about 13 million violent crimes each year, more than half of which are simple assaults, and 70% of their victims are males, the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics reported.
The figures were based on averages for the years 1993 to 1997 as measured in the annual National Crime Victimization Survey of about 100,000 people.
The remaining violent offenses by both sexes were more serious: aggravated assaults, robberies, rapes, murders.
"This report shows that women are where men were during the 1960s and 1970s, using their fists when they commit violent assaults," said Jack Levin, a professor of sociology and criminology who directs the Brudnick Center for Violence at Northeastern University in Boston. "The men have graduated into aggravated assaults and murder. The women haven't followed."