Women’s Law Project Supports Biden on Police-Rape Prevention Link


Carol Tracy of the Women’s Law Project offers a rebuttal to Wendy Murphy’s critique of Vice President Joe Biden’s contention that the hiring of more police officers would help prevent rapes. Both Tracy and Murphy wrote on Women’s eNews. Tracy cites “the chronic and systemic failure of police in many major cities to adequately investigate sex crimes.” She also noted the FBI Uniform Crime Report’s outdated definition of rape , which understates the rape total and “has huge public safety and financial implications.”

The next step is consideration of a new definition by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information System Advisory Policy Board at its Dec. 6 meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. Tracy says her organization has “worked in Philadelphia to reform police practices dealing with sex crimes and have consulted with journalists throughout the country who have uncovered scandals regarding sex-crime investigation. We’ve learned that with strong leadership, collaboration with advocacy organizations and appropriate resources, police can improve their response to sex crimes.”

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