Apr 19, 2011 11:06 PM by John Romero, Stefanie Boe
The numbers speak for themselves. In 2010 Colorado Springs had 293 reported rapes. Combine that with other sex assaults and it's well over 300. That's nearly one every day. "We do typically seem to have more sexual assaults reported in our area as compared to other cities our size." explains Sgt. Steve Noblitt with CSPD.
But with those high numbers, police say another, more encouraging pattern is forming. "We have successfully created an environment in Colorado Springs that makes it easier for victims to report crimes of rape or sexual assault." says Noblitt.
Advocacy centers such as TESSA are seeing large numbers of victims come forward. Part of that success comes from full time forensic nurse at Memorial Hospital. The ability to stay anonymous is another. "Anything that they tell us will be kept confidential." explains Christina Herrera with TESSA, "We're actually offering them a safe place to tell their story."
Both TESSA and police hope this trend continues and eventually the numbers go down. They say the courage to come forward makes a huge difference. "Sexual assault takes their power away." says Herrera, "For them, if they choose to step forward, it gives them a voice and it gives them power."
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