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Advocates say a lot of rapes go unreported

Advocates say a lot of rapes go unreported
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 5:08pm

A Baton Rouge man is still in jail, and his bond set now at $75,000 after an alleged rape over the weekend.

Jacob Hirsch Witz was booked into the East Baton Rouge Jail after a woman told the Sheriff's Office Witz "violently" raped her early Saturday. Officials said the two met on an online dating app called Tinder, then arranged to meet at her apartment where the rape is alleged to have happened.

Even though this rape was reported to the police, a lot of them go unreported.

In fact, officials at the Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response Center said more than 40% percent of rapes go unreported. STAR Executive Director Racheal Hebert said the main reason rape victims don't report their attacks to authorities is the fear of being victimized all over again in a different way.

"So usually when we see a highly publicized rape in the community, people like to respond by saying things such as what was she doing, why was she doing that, what was she thinking," Hebery said. "So what we find is that because so many people feel these reactions from the community that they're less likely to report."

STAR helps hundreds of rape victims in our community. If you or someone you know is a victim of rape, call
STAR at the numbers listed below.

Office: (225) 615-7093
24-Hour: (225) 383-RAPE

Or go to their website:  

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