CHICAGO (AP) — A newspaper survey finds that the conviction rate for sexual offenses committed at six Midwestern college campuses is about half the national average, and experts say the numbers are part of a larger trend.
The Chicago Tribune surveyed universities in Illinois and Indiana and found that police have investigated 171 sex crimes since fall 2005. They’ve made 12 arrests, resulting in four convictions.
That means law enforcement made one arrest for about every 14 sex crime allegations. And of those arrested, 33 percent were convicted.
Nationally, about 1 in every 4 allegations results in an arrest. Of those arrested, 62 percent are convicted.
The schools surveyed were the University of Illinois campuses in Champaign and Chicago, Illinois State University, Northwestern University, the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University.
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