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Why Do Oakland Police Dismiss So Many Rape Cases?

On paper, OPD solves 60 percent of reported sexual assaults. Yet, only 13 percent of its cases actually lead to arrest.



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If you've been the victim of a sexual assault, you can get in touch with the Sexual Assault Response and Recovery Team by calling the Alameda Health System 24/7 Hotline, at 510-534-9290, or emailing

Last December, a reporting project sponsored by ProPublica, Newsy, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting shared data with local reporters regarding the success rate of rape investigations from 64 law enforcement agencies. Reporters Mark Fahey and Mark Greenblatt of Newsy requested clearance data for the years 2014 through 2016 from all 103 local law enforcement jurisdictions in the United States that serve populations of more than 300,000. Sixty-four agencies — including Oakland and seven others in California — released enough data for reporters to reliably compare.


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