By Whitney Bryen
Oklahoma Watch 

Rape counts keep rising even as police clear fewer cases


September 6, 2019

The number of reported rapes and attempted rapes in Oklahoma climbed for the seventh consecutive year in 2018, reaching its highest level in at least 20 years, new data shows.

But it’s unclear whether most of the increase came from a rise in sexual violence or a greater willingness to report the crime.

And even as rape reports rose, police appeared to be failing or declining more often to clear or solve rape cases.

During the past two decades, the percentage of rape cases that were cleared by police statewide dropped from 62% to 22% last year – possibly a record low.

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