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Kaffer: Detroit's rape statistics show change in reporting, but underlying issues remain

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Violent crime in Detroit was down last year. Homicides and aggravated assaults fell by 2 percent from 2017. Robberies were down by 13 percent.

But one violent crime saw a sharp increase statistically. From 2017 to 2018, reported rapes increased by 28 percent. That increase follows a change in the city's policy on tracking rape reports. 

Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer joined Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Doug Tribou to talk about the change and the larger issues surrounding rape cases. 

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