Rapes investigated by Baltimore police are up nearly 20 percent this year, a sharp increase since new procedures were prompted by a Baltimore Sun investigation showing the city leading the nation in rape reports dismissed by police. As of Aug. 28, city police report 112 rape cases this year, compared with 94 at this time last year.
In June, two weeks before The Sun report, rape cases were down 15 percent for the year. After the story was published, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake ordered an audit and police immediately instituted new protocols prohibiting patrol officers from declining to take a rape report on the streets. Anthony Guglielmi, chief police spokesman, said the recent uptick is not due to a rash of new sexual assaults, but rather is the result of “counting them better.”