To prepare:

  • Imagine that you are a law enforcement officer tasked with addressing your community about an increase in a type of crime. Your Instructor will assign you to one of the following crime types:
    • Burglary during the summer months
    • Online identify theft
    • Aggravated assault near subway stops
  • Reflect on how you would address and educate your audience about the criminal opportunity that has been presented due to certain actions in the community.

Write a response to the following, written as if your audience is your community:

  • Explain how victims in your community may contribute to opportunity for the crime type you were assigned.
  • Explain how this relates to the concept of victim responsibility but differs from victim blaming.
  • Support your explanations by referencing this week’s learning resources and explaining how certain concepts related to victim and offender responsibility apply.

References must come from:

-Karmen, A. (2020). Crime victims: An introduction to victimology (10th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

  • Chapter 5, “The Ongoing Controversy over Shared Responsibility” (pp. 146–199)
  • Chapter 7, “Victims’ Rights and the Criminal Justice System” (pp. 231–272)

-And 2 other references of your choice 

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