In 2015, there were 1,322 rapes in the city of Philadelphia, the highest reported in the report that went back to 2015. Th number of reported rapes jumped sharply from 880 in 2012 to 1,279 in 2013. This is partially due to a revised definition of rape published by the FBI’s Unified Criminal Report.
In 2013, the FBI revised the definition of rape in order to collect more accurate rape victim data. The old definition included the word “forcible” but that was removed and the new definition reads that rape is defined as “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
Child Rape Cases In Philadelphia
You don’t have to look very far for sensational headlines for a child raped by alleged offenders from all walks of life. Here are just a two stomach-turning lowlights.
Child Raped at “Furries” Fetish Parties
NBC 10 news reported the arrest of three men who repeatedly raped a boy since he was a toddler. Court records reveal disturbing details of “furry” parties, where the boy, now 15, was dressed as Tony the Tiger at various locations in the Philadelphia suburbs. He was repeatedly raped at these events. Three men were accused of rape and a fourth of online predation of minors. More arrests could be forthcoming in the case.
The break in the case came when police arrested Jeffrey A. Harvey, 40, of West Wyoming, Pennsylvania. Last summer, Harvey was charged with attempting to have sex online with someone he thought was a 13-year-old boy, but who was a police officer. Harvey gave up texts sent to David R. Parker, 38, of Saylorsburg, implicating both men in attempting to have sex with Parker and the boy victim, according to police.
Fifty Priests Raped Hundreds Of Philadelphia Children
According to Grand Jury findings against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, “Hundreds of children in western Pennsylvania were sexually assaulted by 50 Roman Catholic priests over four decades while the diocese’ Catholic bishops covered up their actions.” The case alleges that the police refused to investigate the allegations and that the two diocese bishops that served during that time covered up the crimes.
These are just samples of headlines that grabbed the attention of avid readers last year. Yet, who is looking out for the innocent and defenseless children that lost so much to these predators?
Victims Compensation Rights
The Victims Compensation Assistance Program is one resource that helps victims cope with the aftermath of a crime, including rape. The group tries to ease the financial impact of crime. Victims are treated with compassion and respect as they are led through the claims process.
Some areas where you may receive assistance from the Victims Compensation Assistance Program include:
- medical and counseling expenses
- loss of earnings
- crime scene cleanup
This program is universal to all violent and nonviolent crimes and many child rape victims only come forward as adults. However, you will not be turned away by this program.
Legal Recourse And Testifying
Furthermore, a victim of sexual assault or child rape is within their rights by seeking legal counsel. The best way to do this is by hiring an experienced rape victim lawyer. Seeking legal help means that a victim can get justice by taking part in the prosecution of the perpetrator through identifying them as well as giving testimony of the case. However, it cannot be ignored that the idea of a child having to go to court is horrific in and of itself, therefore there are various guidelines that will need to be adhered to when it comes to children testifying against their perpetrators.