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Resource ID: #26545
Subject: Rape
Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Date: Aug. 16-17, 2014

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Much of the talk about the scourge of college campus rape has focused on how much of it is happening, how much of it is hidden, and what universities are doing to prevent it. We could find no one who knew for sure whether campus police and prosecutors are actually fully-pursuing the cases they have. We set out to see what really happened after a student reported being raped. We looked at the most recent rape cases available at Florida's 11 state universities, 89 cases in all. Tracking them into the courts, we could not find a single rape conviction. And yet, we also found that the FBI and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement both reported much rosier pictures of the outcomes of these cases. In a two-part report, we showed that campus police routinely use loopholes to report cases as being "solved" when in fact they were closed without arrests. And we showed that regardless of what kind of effort campus police put into investigating campus rape cases, all came to the same results: no rape convictions.

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