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Crime, Rape

Reported rape increased from an average of 294 in 1991-1995 to 376 in 2009-2013. Looking at trends, from 1980 to 2010 (see Index Crimes) the number of reported rapes varied widely through an annual range of 145 to nearly 400.

Rape Reported and Arrests 1991-2013

Rape Reported and Arrests 1991-2013

Rape Age of Offender 1999-2013

Rape Age of Offender 1999-2013

However, the number of arrests for rape has declined from a five year average of 108 in 1999-2003 to an average  of 70 from 2009 to 2013. This has resulted in a decline in the percent of arrests as a portion of the reported rapes in the same periods, from 33.2 percent  to 19 percent.

Forty five percent of all arrests for rape in the 1999-2013 period were young people, overwhelmingly male, under twenty-five years of age.  Twenty-one percent arrested were age forty or older.

Over the fifteen years 1999-2013, eighteen women, an average of about one woman per year, were arrested for rape.

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