Sexual Assault Cases Increase

The number of sex crimes prosecuted in Wexford County is on the rise.

Organizations working to stop domestic violence are also seeing more victims seek them out for help dealing with sexual assaults.

“Last year we saw 149 individuals of that 88 were women and the rest were children,” said Sally Repeck, Oasis Executive Director.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SALLY REPECK SAYS THE MAJORITY OF VICTIMS ARE WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

AND MOST PERPETRATORS ARE CLOSE TO HOME.

AND THIS YEAR THAT NUMBER HAS RISEN ALL THE WAY UP TO 199 VICTIMS AT OASIS, A NON-PROFIT WORKING TO PUT AN END TO SEXUAL VIOLENCE.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR SALLY REPECK SAYS THE MAJORITY OF VICTIMS ARE WOMEN AND CHILDREN.

AND MOST PERPETRATORS ARE CLOSE TO HOME.

This year that number has risen all the way up to 199 victims at Oasis, a non-profit working to put an end to sexual violence.

Oasis Executive Director, Sally Repeck said the majority of victims are women and children and most perpetrators are close to home.

“Two thirds are people that are known of the victim. They are usually within a mile from home,” said Repeck. 

 According to state law, Michigan has no Statue of Limitations when it comes to the most serious sex crimes.

“Last year, we had 12 people at this point in the year charged with 26 different counts. This year we have 14 and I believe there are 46 counts in total,” said Anthony Badovinac, Wexford County Prosecutor.

The Wexford County prosecutor is getting tougher on perpetrators and he has some theories on why sex crimes are happening more often.

“One, the fact is that people aren’t in long term relationships and there is a lot of boyfriends involved. Two, people don’t seem to realize what’s moral and immoral anymore,” said Badovinac.

For the growing number of victims struggling with the scars of sexual assault, there is more help for them to heal.

“Our goal is also to assist the victim and let them know that we’re here,” said Repeck.

For more information on preventing sexual assault, click here.

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