TV Cop Shows May Boost Sex Crime Reporting Rate

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Sex crime experts say that TV shows like “CSI” are teaching women about the importance of DNA recovery and identification and may be contributing to a rise in rape reporting, reports the Owings Mills, Md., Times. “I think they do give more people hope that there is going to be some kind of evidence, and that leads to hope that people will believe the victim,” said Carey Goryl of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Asssault. “The biggest reason why victims don’t report is because they don’t think they will be believed.”

Shelly Terranova of Turn Around Inc., which counsels Baltimore County rape victims, said calls increase the day after a DNA-related case or a rape story line has been on television.

Nationwide, rape reports increased 4 percent in 2002. A new survey suggests that women are reporting rape and sexual assault in record numbers, says Women’s eNews.

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