“Taken as a whole, what remains is an insidious picture in which communities worry about those they are supposed to trust during their greatest time of need,” Haner said. “There is a substantial subpopulation in America that worries about being victimized, not by some perpetrator, but by the state – the very people who are sworn to protect and serve them.”
To provide further context, the researchers analyzed responses about worries across the five other victimization scenarios, which are listed above.
Worries about becoming the victim of a violent crime or a mass shooting appeared homogeneous, with black and Latino respondents worrying no more or less than white respondents. However, it appeared that younger Americans worry more than older Americans about both of these events.
Uniquely, Latino respondents worried more than white respondents about someone breaking into their house when they were present. Black respondents, on the other hand, did not worry about this crime any differently than white respondents. Finally, black and Latino respondents worried significantly more than white respondents about being victims of a racial or hate crime or being victims of a terrorist attack. To learn more about the study, visit https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/FRMXAXYKWP6IYR6BUYCM/full?target=10.1080%2F15564886.2020.1767252&fbclid=IwAR01Scq0BctCag3LMre31LNXk58OhgPEOi9OBJU56LYCKadEJk2N5roTxyQ.