Saturday, April 7, 2007

Our County Stats for Sexual Assault

The agency that I previously worked for tracks sexual assault cases that occur within the county. The staff works with victims and their families throughout the entire process from police report to sentencing. These statistics can give you a decent idea of how many cases are happening right here. For those who have the "It doesn't happen here" mentality, forget it. It does happen and it happens more often than it should.

*As of April 2007, there are 105 open cases that they are tracking. Over the last two years, there have been 189 that are closed out. These cases range from "lewd & lascivious behavior" to "all degrees of sexual assault."

*In 2006 they served 334 people and responded to 22 victims in the ER.

*There were 5,618 sexual assaults reported to law enforcement in 2004, which is an increase by 4% from 2003. Those are the latest WI stats.

*There are 100 cases filed with the DA's office in Mar. Co at any given time and the majority of are chid sexual assault cases.

Sexual assault is something no one should ever have to endure. It can affect a person for the rest of their life. One act is too many.

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