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Few Midwestern campus sexual assault cases result in arrests or convictions.

A recent Chicago Tribune survey of six universities in Illinois and Indiana found that of 171 campus sexual assault cases reported since 2005, police investigations resulted in only 12 arrests and 4 convictions. The rate is far below the national average, leaving most victims with no resolution to their case.

In the midst of this alarming trend, the Department of Education has begun a new initiative to encourage universities and police to more aggressively pursue reports of sexual assaults on campuses. But, because many of these cases involve alcohol, authorities tend to have a difficult time assessing the facts when comparing conflicting accounts from the suspects and their accusers.

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