The Metropolitan Police Department received 76 emergency calls for sexual assaults on George Washington University’s campus in the past four years, but only 17 of those—-22 percent—-have an accompanying police report, according to an article from the school’s student newspaper, The Hatchet.
The paper quoted crime experts and victim advocates saying the discrepancy seems “surprisingly high,” and cited a Human Rights Watch report that uncovered about 170 instances in which hospitals had recorded as reporting a sexual assault to the police, but the police had not written an incident report. The report also stated that cops are more likely to not write a report for a case that involves alcohol.
But representatives of the Metropolitan Police Department told the Hatchet that they were not alarmed by the stats, and suggested the small number of reports could be because the victims called and opted not to file a report, or the dispatcher mislabeled the call.
“Just because you have a call for service doesn’t mean necessarily that you have a call for assault. It depends on who called, what the officer found when they got there,” Peter Newsham, the assistant chief at MPD, told the paper.
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