CHICAGO (AP) — The conviction rate for sexual offenses reported at six Midwestern colleges — including Notre Dame — is far lower than the national average, according to a newspaper survey published today, and experts say the numbers are part of a larger trend.
Police have investigated 171 sex crimes at the universities in Illinois and Indiana since fall 2005, resulting in 12 arrests and four convictions, according to the Chicago Tribune.
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, and of those arrested, 62 percent are convicted.
Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights in the U.S. Department of Education, tells the Tribune that the findings at the six schools are consistent with anecdotal evidence her office has gathered from victims.