Terrifying truth about rape convictions

Terrifying truth about rape convictions

Organisation: news.com.au (Australia)

Publication Date: 03/27/2017



This article combined crime data from a number of sources - Victoria Police, Victoria Sentencing Advisory Council, Victorian Crime Statistics Agency, the Australian Institute of Family studies, and the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research to address the appalling conviction rate of rape and sexual assaults in Australia. The article included a personal story from a survivor of sexual assault to demonstrate the devastating personal effect of what could otherwise have seemed dry, impersonal statistics. The audience for this publication is mainstream Australia. News.com.au is one of the most visited news sites in Australia. 289 million page views for the month (125 million ahead of closest competitor) http://www.newscorpaustralia.com/news/newscomau-%E2%80%93-number-one-digital-news The goal was to inform people who might otherwise not have an interest in this topic, how widespread sexual violence is in Australia and how ineffective the justice system is at addressing this problem.

What makes this project innovative? What was its impact?

This project was unusual in Australia in that it combined a number of sources to provide a full picture of the way sexual violence is dealt with across all aspects of the justice system. Previous reports in mainstream publication had addressed inefficiencies at single points, but not considered the data from reporting to conviction. The impact is difficult to demonstrate in that the educative results are difficult to quantify, but it's placement and response in the relatively small Australian media market shows that it was new and quite shocking information for the majority of readers.

Technologies used for this project:

The statistics were sourced from a number of different outlets, and the technology used to analysis was mostly basic excel spreadsheets. Links to all the original data were provided in the article to verify the information was credible and allow the audience to further educate themselves if they wished. One infogram graph was included to give visual impact to the difference between reported sexual violence and conviction rates.
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