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NVMojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-19-06 11:14 AM
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FBI reports increase in unsolved rapes
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WASHINGTON -- The percentage of rape cases going unsolved nationwide is increasing, according to an FBI crime report released Monday, and bleach, condoms and hats are among the tools used by rapists in recent years to escape punishment.

Last year, police cracked 41.3 percent of rape cases, according to the report -- a half-percent decline since 2004, but a drastic 10 percent drop since 1995. Criminal justice experts speculate that rapists are becoming more sophisticated when committing crimes, leaving less evidence. Experts and police say that may be partly because of crime scene television shows such as 'CSI.'

'They're making their victims shower or bathe,' adds former FBI profiler Clint Van Zandt, who cites crime shows as one possible reason for this trend. 'It gives the criminal with any common sense pause, to think, ‘Hey, there's a way to cover my trail or conceal my DNA.' '

Fewer women were raped in 2005 than in previous years, according to FBI numbers. Even with a staggering 93,934 cases logged by the FBI, rape was the only violent crime whose rate dropped last year, edging down 2.1 percent from 2004.

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