Campus Sex Crime Suspects Rarely Prosecuted In Cook County

Published: December 4, 2011

COOK COUNTY, Ill. — A survey of 16 local colleges in Cook County conducted by the Chicago Tribune found that police investigated 109 reported sex crimes since fall 2005, with only 12 resulting in arrests and five in convictions.

Two of the arrests — including a 2011 rape allegation at Dominican University — have not gone to trial, the Chicago Tribune reports. Student-on-student attacks are the most common on campuses, but only two of the five felony charges fit that description. The other incidents involved men who were accused of raping a woman after breaking into campus housing.

Campus sex crimes are difficult to investigate and prosecute, as they often involve acquaintances, alcohol and conflicting accounts of whether the physical interaction was consensual, according to the news source.

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