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Old 01-04-2015, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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There were also fewer forcible rapes
Fewer REPORTED forcible rapes
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:04 AM
 
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Fewer REPORTED forcible rapes
Yeah. Fewer reported. Are you suggesting that people are less likely to report rape now than they were 35 years ago? My suspicion is that the opposite would be true. Between changes in stigmas about sexual assault and better reporting tools, I would be really surprised if under-reporting was a bigger problem today than in 1980.

Is it so hard to believe that there is less crime now than there was 35 years ago? We just hear a lot more about it. And if we can get over our jitters, maybe we can look at that as a good thing. Ignorance may be bliss, but it isn't particularly constructive.
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Old 01-05-2015, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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No, I believe I meant that people were less likely to report it then than now.
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Old 01-05-2015, 12:26 PM
 
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No, I believe I meant that people were less likely to report it then than now.
Sorry. I misinterpreted your meaning.
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Old 01-05-2015, 06:57 PM
 
Location: High Point, NC
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Yeah. Fewer reported. Are you suggesting that people are less likely to report rape now than they were 35 years ago? My suspicion is that the opposite would be true. Between changes in stigmas about sexual assault and better reporting tools, I would be really surprised if under-reporting was a bigger problem today than in 1980.

Is it so hard to believe that there is less crime now than there was 35 years ago? We just hear a lot more about it. And if we can get over our jitters, maybe we can look at that as a good thing. Ignorance may be bliss, but it isn't particularly constructive.
i was raped and assaulted and i can tell you that the times and stigma don't have anything to do with how easy it is to report, tell friends and family or anyone for that matter. i'm not whining- i've taken steps to heal myself but i have to speak up and say that, despite the changing times, this isn't something that becomes easier or necessarily more reported. i doubt whatever statistics we have are anywhere close to accurate.
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:47 AM
 
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^ Laney, sorry to hear about your experience. No doubt it is often very difficult for a victim to come forward to report a sexual assault, and I don't disagree that it's still a very under-reported crime. But at least as a society we are talking about it more today than anytime in the past, and as a result awareness is higher. I hope that will help more victims to find the courage to report these crimes.
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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Absolutely. I am sorry that happened to you, Laney. I wasn't suggesting that it is, has been, or ever will be easy to report such an awful thing. I was just saying that however under reported sexual assault is today, there's no reason to think it is less reported now than it was in the early 80s. While we still have countless miles to go, there have been improvements in the reporting process, however minor.
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:21 PM
 
Location: High Point, NC
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Thank you both. I guess we do have more resources now than before, just wanted to make the point that statistics will probably never reflect the true number when it comes to things like this. I appreciate both of you for your comments and your support. And for what it's worth, I would think that it is more reported now than years ago, just still way under-reported IMO.
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:08 PM
 
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https://homes.yahoo.com/blogs/spaces...202302182.html

this article lists Winston as number 6 considering it has double the national crime rate. That is interesting to me. I live in Clemmons and usually spend my free time in west Winston around the mall, and downtown area and never feel unsafe. I know there are rougher areas of the city so I usually stay away from that.
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Old 05-29-2015, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
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I know there are rougher areas of the city so I usually stay away from that.
This is often all it takes. We feel the same way about Winston.

I lived in Greenville NC before moving to the Wallburg area, and saw that Greenville had a fairly high level of crime. Turns out some amazing percentage, like 80% or more, was within an area of just a few blocks. We avoided that area and never felt unsafe there either.
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