Department Contact
Back to our Homepage
Navigation Bar Skip Navigation City Council Contact Us Search City Government

On The Side

More Information


Police Department, Crime Prevention

Rape & Date Rape


Rape is defined as a violent sexual act committed against a person's will.
It is one of the most underreported crimes.

Not motivated by sexual desire, rapists want to hurt and humiliate their victims, using sex as their weapon. Many people believe that rapes happen between strangers in high-risk situations; but the reality is, in one-third of the cases, victims are often attacked in their homes. In over half of the reported rapes, victims know their attackers.

It is also a fallacy that women invite rape by dressing seductively. Anyone can be raped: women, men, girls, boys, old, young, rich, or poor. In fact, police believe that, in the stranger-rape situation, rapists tend to prey on women who look frightened, easily intimidated, or seem to be daydreaming.

Some ways to reduce the risk of rape:

At Home:

On Dates or in Social Situations:

Some tips to help you should you be attacked:

Should the Unthinkable Happen: