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An examination of rape studies and the effect on the society and its legal system Oliver B Johnson III University Of Pittsburgh Update Many of the sources credited in this paper use outdated crime reports Without damaging the credibility of the various authors included in the beginning of this paper is an update on all relevant crime statistics The source of the updates come from the FBIs national crime reports and include up to 1998 the latest year reported The data is broken up into two definitions the first being Forcible Rape Forcible rape as defined in the Uniform Crime Reporting Program UCR Forcible Rape is the carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will Assaults or attempts to commit rape by force or threat of force are also included however statutory rape without force and other sex offenses are excluded The second being sex offenses except forcible rape and prostitution all statistical updates are giving under one of those two definitions and never a combination of both Other statistical updates other then the number of known offenses include number of cleared offenses The definition of a cleared offense is an offenses is cleared or solved when at least one person is arrested charged with the commission of an offense and turned over to the court for prosecution Included are offenses committed in previous years where person is charged in the current year It is likely that multiple persons can clear one crime or visa-versemultiple crimes cleared by the arrest of one person A crime can be cleared by other means then included above but only if elements beyond law enforcements control interfere with formal charges being placed As written in section III of the Crime Index these include the death of the offender a victims unwillingness to cooperate only after offender as be identified or the denial of extradition The UCR is compiled
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