More sexual assault victims In Rapid City seeking help - KOTA Territory News

More sexual assault victims In Rapid City seeking help


It's possibly the most under-reported crime in the country. But this month, victims advocacy groups are hoping to raise community awareness for sexual assault in the Black Hills.
Staff at Working Against Violence Inc (WAVI) in Rapid City say they've seen a 60 percent increase in the number of people finding shelter and services within their walls.

That higher number may not be all bad news. Staff say it's possible events like Tuesday's kick off of 'Sexual Assault Awareness Month' help connect people with resources they may otherwise be unaware of.
Rapid City Police say sexual assault is a crime on the rise. Other believe the answer may lie in early education.
"IN 2012, we had 102 reports of sexual assault throughout the year, so that equals about one report every three to four days," said Assistant Chief Karl Jegeris with the Rapid City Police Department.
"I think we also need to catch kids quite a bit younger. Once they're in high school they have preconceived notions about how things are supposed to be and we're just hoping to educate them and let them know that that may not be the case," said Mary Corbine, Executive Director of WAVI.
Roughly 25 percent of the women that find help at WAVI do not report their assault to the police.

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