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Rapes reported in 2011 at 6-year low

Map of sex crimes reported to Lawrence Police in 2011. Blue dots indicate rapes and the red dots indicate other sex crimes. Locations are approximate block locations and do not reflect a specific address. 21 of the crimes reported either did not have locations, or revealing those locations could have possibly identified the victim. To view a scrollable version of this map, visit http://bit.ly/yy7HyI

Map of sex crimes reported to Lawrence Police in 2011. Blue dots indicate rapes and the red dots indicate other sex crimes. Locations are approximate block locations and do not reflect a specific address. 21 of the crimes reported either did not have locations, or revealing those locations could have possibly identified the victim. To view a scrollable version of this map, visit http://bit.ly/yy7HyI

February 12, 2012

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There were 40 reported rapes last year in Lawrence, equal to the number reported in 2010 and down from 57 in 2009. In total, 121 sex crimes were reported to Lawrence police, including 47 sex crimes against children, according to information obtained through an open records request.

Here’s a breakdown of sex crimes reported in 2011:

The true number of sex crimes committed is difficult to gauge, as sex crimes are high on the list of under-reported crimes, said Richard Felson, a sociologist at Pennsylvania State University and co-author of a 2005 study on the topic.

Felson said sex crimes are less reported than physical assault but probably more often reported than petty property crimes.

On the Kansas University campus, sex crimes reported to the KU Public Safety are rare. Between 2008 and 2011, six rapes and seven other sexual assaults were reported to campus police, including two sexual batteries in 2011. Click here for a look at a Lawrence sex crime map.

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Sex crimes reported to Lawrence police in 2011.

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Reported rapes in Lawrence

Chart reflects the number of rapes reported to Lawrence police.

Comments

Matthew Herbert 2 years, 10 months ago

with the economy being so bad, perhaps the criminals have moved on to conducting crime that produces an economic reward.

Or, perhaps with the economy being so bad, no one can afford black ski masks and get-away cars!

jafs 2 years, 10 months ago

Seems like an impossible statistic to determine to me.

Perhaps you mean only 6 wind up with convictions?

CrazyUkrainian1 2 years, 10 months ago

Still far to many as far as I'm concerned. I know it's unrealistic that there won't be any sex crimes of any nature but in my opinion in a city of this size that is still far too many.

funkdog1 2 years, 10 months ago

It's disturbing that such a high percentage of the sex crimes reported in Lawrence are committed against children.

Hedge 2 years, 10 months ago

Why doesn't this data match up with the Lawrence crime maps on the main page?

shaunepec 2 years, 10 months ago

If you mean there are less on the map than on the main page? If that's the ?, then it's because some of the addresses of the crimes were too specific, or too general to map. For instance, if a crime occurred on a block with only one or two addresses, the LPD withholds the block location to protect identity of victim. There were also a couple of cases where the location was known, or very general, i.e. "Northwest Lawrence."

Hedge 2 years, 10 months ago

So in those instances rather that list them as something like "identity withheld" they are completely omitted from the data? If there were 10 rapes at a specific dorm at KU and that information may reveal someones identity, it's better to just say they didn't happen? Please tell me I am reading this wrong.

Hedge 2 years, 10 months ago

What happened to the LJW crime maps? I didn't get finished studying them. They appeared to be extremely bias in excluding crime events. I was wondering why. Did the link get moved? If so, could someone post it. Thanks.

JulieD 2 years, 10 months ago

If the information is available on public record, would you please print the statistics comparing 30 years ago to today, not just three years ago?

30 years is not that long. Then compare the previous 30 years to that. My guess is that this type of crime has grown beyond exponentially in comparison.

Hedge 2 years, 10 months ago

So you tweak the criteria a little...

It isn't rape if she doesn't go to the hospital. (actually, I can't even find and rapes listed in LJW data, yet PD says 40) It isn't rape if I may figure out who it is. It isn't assault if you didn't require medical attention. It wasn't burglary or theft if it didn't amount to at least $1,000.

Yes, lets see some long term, unbiased data. I think Lawrence is like most cities. They don't want to admit that crime is much worse than before. That type of information might be bad for property values and such. What I'm surprised with is LJW is the one doing the tweaking.

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