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Missing. Murdered. Victimized.

Our latest study delves into the often overlooked connection between missing persons and victimization. Through a thorough qualitative analysis of 1,920 missing person files, we have uncovered demographic and lifestyle factors that implicate victimization risk, shedding light on critical areas of concern.

The public discourse on missing persons has often focused on extreme cases involving crime and violence, leaving little attention to the broader, more nuanced picture. This study aims to fill this gap by exploring the link between missing persons and victimization through the lens of lifestyle exposure theory.

We have found that specific demographic and lifestyle factors, such as criminality, victimizing events, sex work, and gender identity, significantly impact victimization risk. Moreover, we have discovered that the context and nature of victimization risk differ for specific individuals and groups.

Through our research, we aim to bring attention to the vital importance of understanding and addressing the factors that contribute to victimization among missing persons. This study also highlights the limitations of relying solely on police data, as victimization events may become "hidden" under other case categories, resulting in an underestimation of the relationship between victimization and missing persons.

By addressing these intertwined issues, we hope to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of missing persons and victimization, ultimately leading to improved strategies for public safety and victim rights.

Our findings have significant implications and open up new avenues for further research in this critical area. We look forward to discussing our study in more detail and to continuing this important conversation.

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