In Campus Rape Cases, Victim Often Blamed for Failure to Prosecute
This lack of prosecution in campus rape cases is a statewide phenomenon. Records collected from USF and eight other Florida universities found that prosecutions are nearly nonexistent. In 2012 and 2013, only two cases out of more than 50 reported have faced prosecution. Both of those cases involve the same suspect at Florida Gulf Coast University. Victim advocates and some state attorneys say the rate of prosecution for campus rapes is lower than sexual battery cases that happen outside the collegiate setting. Local prosecutors say uncooperative victims often stymie their efforts. They question whether investigators place too much responsibility on victims as a way to avoid pursuing difficult cases.
TAMPA - Since 2007, only one of 19 rape cases involving students investigated by the University of South Florida police has faced prosecution. That case resulted in 10 years of probation and no prison time for the assailant, who pleaded guilty to raping his roommate's friend.