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City Council president calls for review of rape investigations

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City Council President Bernard "Jack" Young introduced a resolution Monday night calling for law enforcement officials to explain to the council the "factors behind Baltimore's troublingly high percentage of reported rape cases" that are categorized as false or baseless.

The Baltimore Sun reported last month that Baltimore has for years led the country in the percentage of rape cases deemed "unfounded" by detectives — police parlance for saying the victims were lying. Moreover, four in 10 calls to 911 for rape don't generate a report at all.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has already asked a panel of law enforcement officials and victim advocates to review the department's policies and procedures, and a team of detectives is expected to review 18 months' worth of data. The city also established a hot line for victims to call to report complaints in rape investigations.

The resolution calls for representatives from the Police Department, state's attorney's office and Mayor's Office on Criminal Justice to discuss the issue and the city's response.

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