By Kelly Herbinson
Laramie, Wy – Three incidents of sexual assault were reported for the University of Wyoming community in 2008 and 2009 according to the U-W Clery Report on Security and Safety. The report was released last week. The SAFE Project, a community resource for sexual assault victims in Albany County, says the actual number of victims is probably much higher. Brittany Parsons is Outreach Coordinator for the SAFE Project. She says most sexual assault victims are afraid to reach out for help after they are attacked.
"We know that sexual assault victims don't report to the police department for various different reasons. They might be intimidated by the police department, embarrassed, afraid of what will happen next. But we know sexual assaults are happening and that they're not getting reported and in actuality less than ten percent of victims will never report to law enforcement."
The SAFE Project saw twenty-six cases of sexual assault in Albany County for 2008 and 2009. Parsons says many of those were U-W students that felt more comfortable going to a resource unaffiliated with the University.