Unfounded: Police dismiss 1 in 5 sexual assault cases as “baseless”

Luke’s Place Legal Director, Pamela Cross, is interviewed about sexual assault in response to the Globe and Mail article, “Unfounded.”

The Globe investigation, conducted by Robin Doolittle, explores how police respond to sexual assault allegations.

The result is a national unfounded rate of 19.39 per cent – nearly twice as high as it is for physical assault (10.84 per cent), and dramatically higher than that of other types of crime.

Watch Pamela on the CTV website.

The Globe’s data show vast discrepancies in unfounded rates between jurisdictions across Canada – inexplicable swings from city to city, province to province, regardless of size and demographics – which suggest that complainants of sex assault in some parts of the country are far less likely to be believed than in other parts.

The Globe article online allows you to look up the unfounded rate for your community.

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