Apr 25, 2013 6:32 PM by Rachel Cole - email@example.com
CORPUS CHRISTI - According to statistics from the FBI and the Corpus Christi Police Department, the odds of a woman being raped here in Corpus Christi are twice as high as any other city in Texas.
One local rape victim shared her story with us in the hopes that it'll keep someone else from being sexually assaulted.
We start on a public website called crimereports.com. The site shows a colorful map of Corpus Christi with icons to indicate where each sexual assault took place. All the information comes directly from the Corpus Christi Police Department.
In any given month, you can see clusters of sexual crimes in specific areas. There's a number of assaults near the intersection of Crosstown Expressway and S. Padre Island Drive, some scattered south of I-37, and multiple markers listed downtown. That's an area of the city one rape victim says to avoid.
"You can tell just walking down the road to the bus stop, theres a lot of people that want to stop and look at you, anywhere downtown would be a place to be aware of," she tells us.
Aware and mindful of the number of victims here in the Coastal Bend this victim didn't want to be on camera, but she felt compelled to warn others of the sexual crimes in the community and the high number of rapes included.
"It's like you've got a sign on your forehead like it's okay to abuse me." She says she was raped and sexually abused more than once while living in the downtown area.
"It's one of those things that keeps you awake at night, it's hard to sleep because you're always replaying that over in your mind," she tells us.
That haunting memory is burned in her mind. A real-life nightmare of being violently raped by a friend who took advantage of her during a moment of weakness.
"I trusted him and pretty much when I went to sleep he assaulted me and you know there really wasn't much I could do about it, I was kind of helpless."
Lieutenant Kelly Isaacks is the supervisor of the CCPD Sexual Assault division. She says sexual crimes between two people that know each other are the most common.
"The perpetrator is going to be acquaintances or a neighbor, coworkers that sort of thing," Lt. Kelly Isaacks told us.
Detectives say most of the sexual assault cases that get reported are individuals that end up going out together. Drugs or alcohol become a factor and officers say with one or both of these people using substances things end up happening that shouldn't.
We monitored crimereports.com and saw a trend over the last four months. The same areas were showing clusters of sexual assaults occuring over and over again. They include the downtown area, west of downtown, and south from there.
Those are the areas where women need to be more aware of their surroundings. Last year, CCPD tallied 184 reported rape victims and nearly 400 more sexual assaults. Keep in mind those are just the incidents that are reported.
The victim who shared her story with 6 News says it's important for all victims to come forward.
"I don't think you should ever be ashamed or scared to go report something, if you don't report it then it's going to happen to somebody else."
She wants everyone to have a fighting chance and says be conscious of your surroundings and keep your head up. Don't become part of the sexual crime statistics in the Coastal Bend.