Since 2009, the city has significantly accelerated its efforts to combine more-
aggressive methods to take sexual offenders off the streets with more compassionate ways to help survivors reclaim their lives.
The revamped mind-set has already achieved tangible results. A county task force investigating a backlog of more than 4,800 sexual assault cases has tallied a conviction rate of 90 percent, with 120 defendants sentenced so far. Authorities estimate they will hand down more than 1,000 indictments as they complete the project over the next few years.