Rape cases on the rise in Bakersfield, jumpeing nearly 44% in 2012 compared to 2011

Bakersfield Police: Rape cases up nearly 44%

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Bakersfield Police Department handled 56 rape cases last year. Up nearly 44 percent from 2011.

"I'm not surprised," said Taneil Green-Wood From The Alliance Against Family Violence And Sexual Assault.

Green-wood said she is seeing a similar trend.

"We've seen an increase over the last year in some specific service areas, specifically in counseling, court accompaniments and hospital accompaniments," said Green-wood.

BPD chief Greg Williamson said the public should not worry about rapists targeting strangers.

"The majority of them are victim and suspect are known to each other," said WIlliamson.

"84% of victims that have been raped know the person that raped them. 57% of those happen during dates. So these perpetrators are not people that are lurking in the dark alley," said Green-Wood.

Green-Wood said sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in the United States.

"Nine out of 10 women do not report those assault to authorities. So we feel one of the attributing factors is that individuals are coming forward more," said Green-Wood.

She said one in four women will have an attempted rape against them during their lifetime.

"We have victims that come in often not 100 percent sure that this is considered sexual assault," said Green-Wood.

Green-Wood said regardless of how the other person acts, "when a person says no. They mean no," said Green-Wood.

Green-Wood said victims of rape or sexual assault need to report it so that the perpetrator can be prosecuted and be less likely to re-offend.

Victims can call the sexual assault hotline at 661-327-1091


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