The Lexington Police Department released statistics today which report that sex offenses in 2013 went up by 5.7%
That number, which doesn’t include rape and prostitution, increased from 229 reports in 2012 to 242 reports in 2013.
The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center (BRCC) offers therapy services for victims of sexual assault. Organizers said they have also seen an increase in the number of people asking for counseling.
Their 16-person staff covers 17 counties. They said they have a waiting list for victims seeking therapy.
Mae Suramek, BRCC Executive Director, said the numbers in Fayette County from 2013 had all increased from the previous year.
Crisis Counseling: 160 sessions to 62 individuals
Long-Term Therapy: 702 sessions to 43 individuals
Group Therapy: 102 sessions to 26 individuals
Medical Advocacies to 63 individuals
“I think that if the statistics go up, that might actually mean that people are feeling more comfortable in reporting and seeking services,” Suramek said.
She added that she hates to see the numbers go up, but it’s a good thing that more people might be reporting the crime and seeking help.
Thursday, the BRCC will present to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government for a grant to expand its services.
Last year, they received a grant that helped them to focus on African American and Spanish communities.
This year, the BRCC wants to reach out to people over 65-years-old and the LGBT community.
Suramek said they will know in a few months if they will receive that grant.
The Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center Hotline is: 1-800-656-HOPE.