Reports of rape in Riley County remained about the same from 2017 to 2018, increasing nearly 4% from 53 to 55, according to a recent Kansas Bureau of Investigation report.
The report, which includes data on domestic violence, rape, stalking, sodomy and sexual battery incidents, is based on information reported to the KBI from local and county law enforcement agencies.
KBI received 1,349 rape reports last year, an 8.9% increase from 2017. The victim knew the suspect in more than 81% of these cases.
The crime of rape in Kansas happened evenly throughout the week, occurring 17.5% of the time on Mondays, the most frequent day. Most rapes occurred between midnight and 2 a.m.
Of the incidents reported, the average victim was a white woman less than 25 years old and the average offender was a white man between the ages of 15 and 29.
Law enforcement authorities said the crime of rape has been historically underreported, but officials with the Riley County Police Department said in October that they hope its new investigation policy regarding sexual assault will change that trend.
They said the policy is supposed to give more control to victims by giving them different levels of reporting the incidents, which can range from an information-only report to a full investigation. Officials said they would not refer a case for prosecution unless the victim consents.
The KBI report defines rape as knowingly engaging in sexual intercourse with a victim who does not consent, is unable to give consent, is manipulated to give consent or is under the age of 14.
Reports of domestic violence incidents, meanwhile, increased about 12% in Riley County in 2018.
Riley County saw 545 incidents in 2018 and 486 incidents in 2017. The average victim was a white woman between the ages of 20 and 34, and the average offender was a white man between the ages of 20 and 34, oftentimes a significant other or former significant other.
Most incidents occurred on Saturday and Sunday between 10 a.m. and noon or midnight and 2 a.m.
The number of protection orders from abuse and stalking filed through Riley County District Court decreased in 2018. According to the report, protection from abuse filings were down from 183 to 147 and protection from stalking filings decreased from 174 to 169.
The KBI defines domestic violence as “any verbal and/or physical abuse ranging from simple assault to murder.”