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The public — and therefore potential jurors — is generally comfortable with the idea of convicting a masked rapist jumping out of a dark alley.
It's harder, they said, to convict a clean-cut college student of assaulting a classmate after a night of drinking.
The trend leaves untold number of college women feeling betrayed and vulnerable, believing that their allegations are not taken seriously.
The Tribune's findings also raise fresh questions about the way college administrators and law enforcement officials handle the allegations, even as the Obama administration calls attention to the issue with a series of initiatives and investigations aimed at better protecting students from sex crimes.
It almost makes me feel worse."Kim Lonsway, director of research for the nonprofit group End Violence Against Women International, worries that low arrest and prosecution rates could discourage future victims from coming forward, leaving them with the impression that reporting a sex crime is pointless and only serves to cause further pain and humiliation."If you're a parent or student looking at those numbers, it suggests rapists can commit their crimes with impunity," she said.Women who report sexual violence on college campuses seldom see their accused attackers arrested and almost never see them convicted, according to a Tribune survey of several Midwestern universities.The survey of six schools in Illinois and Indiana found that police investigated 171 reported sex crimes since fall 2005, with 12 resulting in arrests and four in convictions.Police declined to press charges against her alleged attacker; the university eventually suspended him for a year.Though the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights investigated her complaint during the Bush administration and found that the university acted "promptly and appropriately," Janda still left the school rather than share a campus with the man."Part of me wonders why someone would even bother making a report," she said.