COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Some troubling local findings as Sexual Assault Awareness Month comes to an end today.
A Columbus quarterly crime report released yesterday shows the number of reported rapes in our area is not going down.
There were 12 reported rape cases in the first part of 2015 which is the same as the last quarter.
There were also 12 cases listed in the first quarter of 2014. Officials say those numbers may not be the best indicator of the problem, since research shows only one in ten rape and sexual assaults are reported.
"If you've been assaulted, you have to report those and we have all sorts of resources that we can provide to make a very unfortunate and very traumatic time as comfortable as possible under the horrible circumstances," Mayor Teresa Tomlinson stated.
If you have been a victim of any form of sexual assault, places like the Columbus Sexual Assault Support Center offer counseling, survivor group meetings and help in reporting the assault.