Harrisburg Happening

Friday, June 16, 2006

Harrisburg - Rape Capital?

The powers that be at City Hall have done it again. According to the Patriot News, the attempted rape along riverfront park in broad daylight last Saturday wasn't reported to the media because city officials assumed it was just another simple assault. Randy King, Mayor Reed's clueless or very clever mouthpiece (depending on the motivation) justified City Hall's silence and failure to warn the women of this fair city this way:

"When it occurred Saturday afternoon, nobody had any idea that this was a potential sexual assault," said city spokesman Randy King. "The victim didn't provide us with any information that led us to believe that. In fact, we didn't know it was a potential sexual assault until Mr. Newcomer was being interviewed" Wednesday night. "

"We were viewing it as simply an assault," King said. "And there had been no previous incidents like that."

So Harrisburg didn't alert the media a dangerous predator might be on the loose. Oh, they do say they called the Midtown Crime Watch group. I didn't get the memo, nor did most women I know, including quite a few who jog along that very path.

Come on, folks. The woman said she was jogging along the river when the man grabbed her and pushed her into the bushes. She fought back and screamed and he ran away. That's a classic stranger rape scenario. Couldn't be more classic unless she was a nun in clerical garb. If Randy can't see that, he needs some serious training.

Or perhaps this is just another way to hide crime statistics for the City of Harrisburg. Because Harrisburg has one of the highest per capita rape rates in the country. Here's some food for though, Mr. King. According to the 2004 FBI reported crimes statistics, Washington, D.C. had 39 rapes per 100,000 people. Little 'ol Harrisburg clocked in at 105 per 100,000 people. So there you have it. Even under-reported, Harrisburg has more rapes than notoriously dangerous Washington, D.C.

Randy, Randy, Randy. You should be ashamed of yourself.


Blogger TattooJim said...

According to Ch27 the Mayor didnt want to tip him off they were after him...just like the uptown home invasions...while us expendable citizens are left as fodder for the criminal element with no warning. Still feel the same about getting a protection permit? If that scumbag would have been shot in the belly, we'd have ALL heard about the womans actions....

June 16, 2006  
Blogger Aries708 said...

Right on! Tattoojim, you hit that one out of the park! A lot of us feel "expendable" when it comes to crime in this city

Sadly, defending oneself is about the only alternative left.

I feel for anyone put in that situation by a criminal too. Should that woman have had a CCW permit and put one "in [his] belly" I think she'd be the one facing charges...not very fair at all.

This is rough terrain, but better she put the assailant down and get charged than the alternative...that is, getting raped, or god forbid worse.

Wait until the NRA starts pushing "stand your ground" legislation in PA like they did in Florida.

A larger police presence is definitely a step toward remedying aspects of the ongoing and "hidden" Harrisburg crime problem.

Someone peer behind the Wizard's curtain and wake Reed up...

June 16, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

The other part of the problem is the Crime Watch folks. Read today's article on the topic in the Patriot. Only her cronies are getting any info

June 17, 2006  
Blogger Jones1234 said...

Question - is that statistic rape only or is it "sexual assualt" or "assult" or whatever they charge those assholes with because it's harder than hell to convict on rape. Are they all added in? If not, then those stats are even WORSE and I'm glad I only walk in the city with my large, overly protective dog.

June 19, 2006  
Blogger Anniken Davenport, Esquire said...

I do believe there is quite a bit of discretion in the reporting, although the standards are supposed to be uniform. I would assume if there is a charge made of rape or indecent assault, those would be counted as rapes or indecent assaults. But what it's called in the first place is pretty much up to the charging officer and sometimes the DA if a victim presses the issue. But sadly, pressing the issue isn't something many sexual assault victims are ready to do for any number of reasons.

June 20, 2006  

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