Rape Risks

By: KAKE News
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Rape is a horrific crime, and it happens almost every day in Wichita.

A rapist can be a stranger, but most often it's someone you know. Wichita police say there are 20 to 30 rapes reported every month. But those are just the ones that are reported.

A Wichita woman we'll call "Jane" was raped a year ago. Like the majority of rapes in Wichita, Jane knew the man who attacked her.

Wichita Police Lieutenant Tom Bridges say many situations involve women who know their attacker, but not very well.

Lt. Bridges says, "For example, a woman maybe meets a man at at a club or bar and makes the decision to leave with that person and ends up in a bad situation."

When it comes to rape, we know no matter what the circumstances are, it's never the victim's fault.

But there are ways you can protect yourself. Remember, a rapist is usually an acquaintance. So, don't go out alone with someone you have just met. Go out with other couples.

Check the person out before you agree to go out anywhere with him. Avoid secluded places, suggest meeting at a public place when you are getting to know someone.

Use your own transportation. Don't give out personal information about yourself, such as your address or your phone number.

Trust your instincts. If you don't feel comfortable around this person leave, no matter if it's a date, a family member, or a co-worker.

Jane also wants to warn you -- if you do get raped, report it immediately.

It took her several days before she told police. She says that was a huge mistake.

"Jane" said, "I was too scared, I waited too late. I believe if I would have been a little sooner he could have been prosecuted."

If you report the rape immediately police have more evidence to use against your attacker.

To report a rape or find out more information about rape, call the Wichita Sexual Assault Center at 316-263-3002.

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