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Female sex offenders were sexually victimized at almost twice the rate of men, most often by family members.72

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ARREST AND PROSECUTION RATES IN U.S.

In 2000, there were 90,186 rapes reported to police, 22,964 adults arrested, and 10,600 felony convictions.  Of these convictions, there were 9,540 incarcerations.  For every 100 arrests, there were 46 convictions and 42 incarcerations.73

In 2000, persons convicted of sexual assault by state courts were 98% male, 2% female and 68% white, 28% black.74

In 2000, there were a total of 31,811 felony convictions for sexual assault.  Of these, 31,500 were state convictions and 311 were federal convictions.  The mean maximum sentence length was 87 months for state convictions and 85 months for federal convictions.75

In 2002, forcible rapes were cleared at a rate of 44.5%.76

About half of rape defendants are released prior to trial, and half of those post bond.77

Rape/sexual assault offenders account for almost 5% of the total correctional population in the U.S.78

72 Ibid.

73 Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Department of Justice. 2003. Felony Sentences in State Courts, 2000.

74 Ibid.

75 Ibid.

76 Federal Bureau of Investigation. U.S. Department of Justice. 2003. Uniform Crime Reporting Program Releases Crime Statistics for 2002.

77 Ibid.

78 Ibid.

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