An op-ed by Meda Chesney-Lind and Mike Males, senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, appeared in the NY Times on April 1, 2010.
We have examined every major index of crime on which the authorities rely. None show a recent increase in girls’ violence; in fact, every reliable measure shows that violence by girls has been plummeting for years. Major offenses like murder and robbery by girls are at their lowest levels in four decades. Fights, weapons possession, assaults and violent injuries by and toward girls have been plunging for at least a decade.