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Transcript RAPE REPORT First in a series on rape in Houston By Linda Cryer This column resulted, from numerous requests for information on the criminal circumstances involved in rape in the Houston community. This first section is a factual description of rape occurrence in September, 1979, based on Houston Police Department offense reports. In subsequent months, I will describe specific rapes that have occurred in Houston, in an attempt to acquaint Breakthrough readers with realistic crime circumstances. I hope that by reading this column women will be more aware that anyone can be a rape victim, examine their own responses as to how they would handle a rape confrontation, and involve themselves in a community advocacy to eliminate the problem. v Overview In September, 1979, there were approximately 102 completed rapes and 20 attempted rapes, 48% of them occurring in five police districts. The majority of victims are robbed as well as raped and usually left to fend for themselves after the event, frequently in an unfamiliar location without their purse or even their clothes. Occasionally, a woman has been raped by a passing stranger from whom she sought help after the first rape. One woman, who was walking outside, was confronted by three men in Dr. Linda Cryer is administrator of the City of Houston's Rape Treatment, Detection and Prevention Program. a car who asked if she wanted a ride. When she refused, they forced her into their car and hit her on her face and head. One man checked into a motel while the other two guarded the victim in the car. Once inside the motel room, each of the assailants raped her and continued hitting and choking her. When it was over, the men offered her a ride in their car which she refused. She was eventually able to locate help and receive treatment. This type of rape occurs quite frequently. Time Sixty percent of the rapes occurred from 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; the most common time was midnight involving 11% of the reported incidence. While there was a relatively even distribution by days of the week, 59% of the rapes occurred between Friday and Sunday. Location Where Victim First Approached In looking at sites where the rape victim was first approached, the following represents a percentage breakdown of locations of the victim's first encounter with the rapist: 35% own home, 22% walking, 13% parking lot, 9% waiting for the bus, 4% nightclub, 2% either on the job, at the home of a friend, or in a laundry room. Location by Site The percentage breakdown of the actual location of the rape event was as follows: %31% victim's own home (67% assailant broke into home, 23% victim opened door, 10% victim left door open), 26% automobile, 19% open space, 13% assailant's home, 4% hotel/motel, 7% other/unknown. Prior Relationship Between Victim and Assailant Regarding the prior relationship between the victim and assailant, 78% were strangers, 15% were acquaintances, 2% were immediate family members, and 1% was a distant relative. Use of Weapon In 60% of the completed rapes, the assailant confronted the victim with a gun, knife or some other type of weapon. In 70% of the attempted rapes, the assailant used no weapon. Circumstances of Rape Event During the rape, 69% of the victims experienced vaginal penetration, 8% experienced oral penetration, 13% were required to perform fellatio, 2% experienced cunnilingus, and 1% experienced an object as a penetrating device. Injuries Injuries the victims experienced during the rape are not always recorded on the offense reports. However, of the offense reports reviewed, the following represents an attempt to describe the type of injuries sustained: 72% did not sustain discernible physical injuries, Inexperienced head or neck injuries, 4% arm or leg injuries, 2% genital injuries, 1% upper torso injuries. In the attempted rapes, 25% of the victims sustained some type of injury. Victim Responses In comparing the responses of victims who experienced an attempted rape with victims who experienced a completed rape, the statistics break down as follows: Attempted Rapes—35% screamed, 33% physically resisted, 18% verbally resisted, 9% either used a weapon to resist, faked a faint or a heart attack. Completed Rapes-48% feigned consent to escape harm, 18% physically resisted, 18% verbally resisted, 8% submitted to escape harm, 6% screamed. Age The youngest victim was three years old and the oldest victim was 68 years old. The following represents a percentage breakdown of the ages of both the victim and offender: AGE/VICTIM AGE/OFFENDER 0-16 years - 9% 0-16 years - 6% 17-25 years - 54% 17-25 years - 43% 26 - 35 years - 27% 26 - 35 years - 33% 36-50 years- 5% 36 - 50 years - 6% 51-68 years - 5% Unknown - 12% Race Racially, 45^ of the victims were white, 45% were black and 10% were Mexican-American. Victims reported that 65% of the assailants were black, 20% were white and 12% were Mexican- American. Location by Police Districts District 6—North Houston, mainly outside the Loop between E. Hardy and roughly White Oak Bayou; includes area inside the Loop between Nicholson and Maury north of E. 11th. District 15-South of Brays Bayou and the Southside Place city to the Houston city limits; between Cullen Boulevard and a jagged perimeter comprised of S. Post Oak at Main, Hiram Clarke at Main and Almeda at Orem. District id—Includes the University of Houston, parts of Montrose, Hermann Park and Riverside, south of downtown to Brays Bayou. This district is bounded on the west by S. Main to Bissonnet and extends to Kirby Drive; on the east by Scott. District 17—Includes River Oaks and Montrose areas. This district extends from downtown and S. Main on the east to the River Oaks Country Club on the west and from Buffalo Bayou on the north to roughly Bissonnet on the south. District 18—Includes parts of the Memorial area and southwest Houston, south of Buffalo Bayou to Westpark and Alief Road, west of Memorial Park and Kirby to Houston city limits. Rationale for Describing Rape Occurrence by Police Districts The Houston Police Department protects the identity of victim/witnesses by deleting the victim's identity as well as her residence, and the specific geographic location of the rape event on their offense reports sent to me. Therefore, I only have access to the rape incidence by the broader geographic locations in police districts. Staff at the police department state, however, that if they detect through victim reporting an offender with distinctive behaviors, appearance, or dress, they will share this information with me. This will allow Breakthrough to alert its readers to enhance community vigilance and to assist law enforcement in apprehension. NOVEMBER 1979 HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH