Seattle police have noted a 55 percent increase in the number of reported rapes in 2016 over the same time last year. There is no easy explanation, but victims may be feeling more empowered to share their stories, according to one police commander.
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Information on resources and help for rape victims is available from the King County Sexual Assault Resource Network, http://www.kcsarc.org.
The Seattle Police Department’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit can be reached at 206-684-5575 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.