Shreveport student a victim as reported rapes rise

SHREVEPORT, LA (AP) - The rape and kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl in Shreveport has parents and city officials looking for ways to make school bus stops safer.

The girl was abducted from a Caddo Parish school bus stop earlier this month.

Residents in City Council District G are especially concerned.

Councilwoman Joyce Bowman, who represents District G, describes the district as a low-income area that's often stricken by crime and presents the opportunity for sexual assaults.

There was a sharp increase in rapes reported in Shreveport in August and the sharpest increase was in an area encompassing District G. Bowman says in a Friday story in The Times of Shreveport that she's working with police to address the issue.

Information from: The Times,      (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.) AP-NY-10-16-09 0810EDT