Yet another serial rapist stalks defenseless Columbus women
The mother and daughter sat in the bleachers holding hands as Columbus police gave chilling details of a serial rapist's 13-year assault on the Linden area.
"This series of rapes has gone on far, far too long,'' Deputy Chief Antone Lanata told about 100 people who gathered last night for a town meeting at the Linden Recreational Center.
On a list of 21 victims, the daughter had been the rapist's first victim, at the age of 13; her mother, the fourth.
According to federal crime statistics, Columbus has the highest rate of reported rapes among the largest U.S. cities.
Data for the first half of 2002 -- the most recent available for cities nationwide -- as well as for all of 2001, show a rate here twice that of Los Angeles and four times as high as New York City.
Every day that Ohio's Republican leadership waits to pass concealed carry reform increases the defenseless victim list in our state, and forces otherwise law-abiding citizens into making a choice between facing felony arrest or being unable to defend themselves. This simply should not be.
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Raw data from the Justice Department’s annual National Crime Victim Survey show that when a woman resists a “stranger rape” with a gun, the probability of completion was 0.1% and of victim injury 0.1%, compared to 31% and 40% respectively, for all stranger rapes. Woman who resisted with a gun were 2.5 times more likely to escape without injury than those who did not resist, and 4 times more likely to escape uninjured than those who resisted with any means other than a gun.” (Southwick, Journal of Criminal Justice, 2000)
For all rapes, woman who resisted with a gun were 2.5 times more likely to escape without injury than those who did not resist, and 4 times more likely to escape uninjured than those who resisted with any means other than a gun.” (Southwick, Journal of Criminal Justice, 2000)
“Unfortunately 88 percent of the violent crimes reported to the National Crime Victimization Survey in 1992 were committed away from the victim’s home.” Gary Kleck, Targeting Guns.
A Dept. of Justice survey found that 40% of felons chose not to commit at least some crimes for fear their victims were armed, and 34% admitted having been scared off or shot at by armed victims. (James D. Wright and Peter H. Rossi, Armed and Considered Dangerous, Aldine de Gruyter, 1986)
"Murder rates decline when either more women or more men carry concealed handguns, but the effect is especially pronounced for women. An additional woman carrying a concealed handgun reduces the murder rate for women by about three to four times more than an additional man carrying a concealed handgun reduces the murder rate for men." More Guns, Less Crime. John R. Lott, Jr.
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