Rapes have doubled in Madison County this summer

The number of sexual assault cases handled by Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners at Crisis Services of North Alabama nearly doubled.

Nurses normally examine 11 or 12 sexual assault victims in a month, but in August nurses saw 23 victims and 6 more during the first week of September.

Janet Gabel, the Executive Director of Crisis Services of North Alabama, said, "what it means is that we have to be on guard.  Sexual assault may be declining across most of the country but not in Madison County and this summer has been particularly risky."

What should you do to protect yourself or someone you care for?  Gabel says rapist need two things to be successful: power and control.  "Rule number one: don't put your self in a situation where you're alone with someone you don't trust.  Rule number two: don't trust someone just because you know them.  Most victims know the attacker!"

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a sexual assault, call HELPline at 716-1000.