Boulder Rape Crisis Hot Line Reports Increase in Calls

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Boulder, Colo. (AP) A Boulder-based rape crisis center says its hot line has received 11 percent more calls this year than last -- a sharp increase for a service that normally sees minimal changes from year to year.

The news follows this fall's string of six random assaults in Boulder, including four sexual assaults. The attacks have prompted Boulder police to step up patrols on University Hill in hopes of preventing more assaults and catching the perpetrators.

Officials with moving to end sexual assault say their rape hot line has been ringing off the hook with calls from women who've been assaulted and friends of victims who want advice.

Janine D'Anniballe, Mesa's executive director, says the hot line has received 896 calls so far this year, up from a total of 804 last year.

She says some of the calls pertained to random assaults, but many of the victims who've called mesa say they were raped by someone they knew.

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