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Source document: City police repond to FBI query on 'unfounded' rapes

In January 1984, the Philadelphia Police sex crime unit defended its ''unfounding'' rate. This letter from the unit was sent to the State Police, which forwarded it to the FBI. The letters listed numerous situations in which the sex crimes unit said women lied about rape.

Nonetheless, while defending its ''unfounding'' rate as accurate, the department dramatically slashed the rate in 1984 - to just 16 percent of all complaints. It did so, in part, by beginning to shift cases to a non-criminal classification, ''investigation of person.'' Page 1 of 4.

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