2017 Sexual Assault Reports BreakdownWhile reports of sexual assault may have remained in the single digits in Naples this year, they also rose to 82% of all reported crime in the area. This overall increase in the percentage of sexual assault crimes in Naples was enough to spark the interests of several victims advocacy groups such as Project HELP (a major advocacy not-for-profit organization that provides free and confidential resources to victims of sexually charged and violent crimes).
An Upward Trend in Reporting Sexual Assault IncidentsOne of the hardest parts about providing help to sexual assault victims is that is often difficult for those who have been assaulted to come forward and report the abuse. Sexual assault cases come with all kinds of (albeit entirely justified) emotional baggage. This makes it hard to get a totally accurate statistic on the actual number of sexual assault cases that happen annually. But, recently, there is a markable upward trend in the number of people coming forward and reporting sexual assault crimes.
Advocacy Groups Like Project HELP are Helping Reduce Sexual Assault IncidentsThanks to advocacy groups like Project HELP, many more victims are feeling empowered enough to come forward and to face their abusers. Eileen Wesley, executive director of Project HELP has even been quoted as saying:
“A lot of our increase is people that are calling, saying, ‘When I was younger, this happened to me and I need help. I’ve been dealing with it, holding it inside, never told anybody before.’… And we’re seeing a lot of that coming through our phones and our helpline.” – Eileen Wesley, Executive Director of Project HELP