Exploratory Spatial Analyses of Sexual Assaults of White and Native Victims

Andre Rosay, University of Alaska Anchorage
Robert H. Langworthy, University of Alaska Anchorage

The spatial patterning of sexual assaults is examined using police data collected in 2000 and 2001 from an urban and ethnically diverse community. Maps are utilized to describe the spatial relationships between offenders' and victims' residences and the location of pick-ups, assaults, drop-offs, and reports. Race differences in these spatial relationships are also graphically depicted. Exploratory Spatial Data Analyses are subsequently used to assess whether sexual assaults are significantly concentrated in specific locations and whether these geographical concentrations vary by race. Finally, preliminary explanations for the spatial patterning of sexual assaults are offered.

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