D.C. rape rate increase largest in nation
On Monday, the FBI released crime statistics for 2010 for each state, as well as for the nation as a whole. According to these stats, while the District of Columbia witnessed decreases in homicide and in violent crime as a whole, the number of reported forcible rapes was up to 187 from 2009’s 150—a staggering 24,7% increase.
Although the statistics do not make stats available for any other individual city, this is by far the highest percent increase in rape of any state, with second place being Nebraska, with an 8.9% increase. The nation as a whole witnessed a 5% decline in forced rape in 2010.
According to the Washington Examiner, the various people associated with the Metro Police Department, including Police Union Chief Kris Baumann, believe that MPD needs to be more active at working to decrease the number of rapes. Suggested measures include “working with local colleges and universities” and encouraging victims to report the crimes committed against them.
Photo from Federal Times.