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  •  I still want to see those stats (4+ / 0-)

    I mentioned in my last response.  Particularly since your response here would seem to suggest that contrary to your original assertion, conviction rates are also disproportionately low.  You can handwave as many reasons for that as you might like; I'm interested in you backing up your claim.

    •  And by inference (2+ / 0-)
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      Capt Crunch, Penny GC

      and for the same reasons, whatever they may be attributed to, everything else in the legal chain from indictment to punishment would be expected to be similarly low, don't you think?

      •  Pi Li is a troll (2+ / 0-)
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        don't engage

        My heroes have the heart to live the life I want to live.

        by JLFinch on Wed Jan 22, 2014 at 11:04:04 PM PST

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      •  Well, I got interested and look up on statistics. (1+ / 0-)
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        Sources are from government, so take it with however many grain of salt as you wish.
        The best statistic I can find is rape vs aggravated assault (at least, the closet types of crime I can find with statistics)
        Crime in the United States - 1991 - 2010
        I'm guessing this is convicted rate. Looking at 1996, the convicted rape rate is, very roughly, about 10% of convicted aggravated assault rate. Note that this data appears to record the rate of conviction compared to the total population, NOT to the number of cases brough.

        Report rate in comparison to England/Wales
        The ratio of police report, in 1996, between rape and aggravated assault is about 1:10 (for every rape reported, there are 10 aggravated assault reported).

        So given these two statistics, it seems that rape, once reported/recorded by police, has about the same rate of conviction rate as aggravated assault.

        State Court Processing of Domestic
        Violence Cases
        While it focuses on domestic violence, it also provide some nice statistics on non-domestic aggravated assaults.
        Prosecution of rape appears to be better than aggravated assault on most counts (higher % prosecuted, higher % convicted, and higher % incarceration).

        Most statistics appears to line up with opening article (assuming arrest mean brought before prosecutor).
        80% of those arrested gets prosecuted - matches with above stat.
        50% of the prosecuted is convicted rape... wait, that doesn't match.

        So I decided to look at the OP source on that stat specifically.
        ... Um... it seems that according to the source given in OP, rape prosecution stat isn't that different from other crimes of similar severity (namely assault).

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