Gainesville Police Department Launches Sexual Assault Reporting Website
Published November 15th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- It's a crime too difficult to report, for some.
"Sexual assault" is humiliating and personal.
One law enforcement agency is making it easier to report these crimes.
"Reportrapegainesville.org," is officially up and running.
Sexual assault investigators with GPD says the website provides the comfort of confidentiality to its anonymous users... something valued by rape victims.
Thanks to the new reporting method, Gainesville can join the ranks of about 12 other cities throughout the country that have websites designed to help sexual battery victims report crimes.
Gainesville Police Department Captain Lynne Benck, "at least offer some kind of alternative where somebody can go on and make a report and feel like they've done something, taking an action to potentially prevent a future rape or to kind of just give a name. It kind of puts control back in the victim's hands again, by being able to make this report."
Investigators plan on using the reports to help prevent future sexual batteries, through adapting policing techniques and opening cases.
GPD worked with Alachua County Victim Services and the Rape Crisis Center to create the website.
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