How to Lie with Rape Statistics: America's Hidden Rape Crisis

Author:Corey Rayburn Yung
Position:Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
Pages:1197-1256
SUMMARY

During the last two decades, many police departments substantially undercounted reported rapes creating “paper” reductions in crime. Media investigations in Baltimore, New Orleans, Philadelphia, and St. Louis found that police eliminated rape complaints from official counts because of cultural hostility to rape complaints and to create the illusion of success in fighting violent crime. The undercounting cities used three difficult-to-detect methods to remove rape complaints from official records: designating a complaint as “unfounded” with ... (see full summary)


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