INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - According to Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department‘s preliminary numbers, rape is down 13 percent in the city.
“We are hoping these numbers will continue to decline,” said Officer Chris Wilburn with IMPD.
Part of that decrease could be attributed to victims that fail to report sexual crimes. However, starting next year Hoosiers could see a sharp increase in rape.
In 2014 the FBI will change the definition of rape that will include not only women, but men and children that have been penetrated.
“We are preparing for that adjustment,” said Wilburn.
Every Tuesday just before noon, 20 women gather together at Butler University. They undergo training through the Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class. The course teaches awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and self-defense training.
“I wouldn’t be able to defend myself effectively without the techniques,” said Butler student Kate Webb.
Andrew Ryan, Assistant Police Chief of Administration at Butler, said 1 in 4 women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime. He stated that college years are often the time women are most vulnerable.
“The program is to teach survival skills, we want them to be able to survive,” said Ryan.
The tips are designed to leave women with options on taking an active role in their own self-defense.
According to Child Trends, 18 percent of women between the ages of 18-24 say they have experienced forced sex.
Forced sex is defined as saying no to a sexual encounter.
Those statistics is one reason why Ryan adds Rape Aggression Defense classes are needed.
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