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Red Bluff Police Department Reports Spike in Rape Cases

Red Bluff Police Department Reports Spike in Rape Cases

Posted: May 4, 2018 6:02 PM

RED BLUFF, Calif -- The Red Bluff Police Department released this 20-page report on Friday morning.

It highlights their volunteers, their K-9 program, and the department's statistics for crimes, arrest types, and domestic violence.

Action News Now read through these statistics and found rape had gone up 43-percent over the last year.

The Red Bluff Police Department did not want to go on camera to comment on these numbers, so we went to the Rape Crisis Intervention Center in Red Bluff to find out why these numbers were rising.

Julie Hunter a counselor at the center says she's seen a spike in reports but she believes it's not that there are more rapes, but that more people are speaking out.

"Another thing is the #metoo movement it's making it easier for people to come forward and say hey this happened to me," said Hunter.

Hunter adds another reason could be that the definition of rape has legally changed, meaning more cases fall into the category.

But when asked if she thinks police in Red Bluff are doing their job to keep people safe from rape, Hunter was quick to answer.

"Police can only do so much their job is to go out and get the bad guy and they do what they can. I work in Butte, Glenn and Tehama Counties and kudos to Tehama officers they do what they can to get put the perpetrators away," said Hunter.

CLICK TO READ FULL REPORT 

Adding its more than just a legal issue but a social one.

One that the county and society are hoping to change with early education.

"We're starting to talk to our daughters and we tell them to protect themselves don't dress this way don't go there don't do that don't don't don't we're basically telling them don't get raped we're not teaching our sons don't go rape," said Hunter.

To reach the Rape Crisis Intervention and Prevention Center in Red Bluff call 530-891- 1331. 

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