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Rape survivor says man turned into her "worst nightmare"

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - It can happen to anyone. "At first there were no signs," says one rape survivor. "He was the best man I thought walking the earth, and it was like, three months into the relationship when he turned into my worst nightmare."

And that's because of what happened to her over the next five months. She was repeatedly attacked. She wishes not to identify herself for personal reason.

"He would jump on me, and at times when he would force me to have sex, he would hold me down by my throat until I would pass out at times," the survivor says. "And I would wake up and he would still be having sex with me.

Fortunately, she was finally able to get away and go to the YWCA. She says her son gave her the strength to leave after being raped and abused by the man she once loved.

"It broke me down as a woman. I feel unimportant. My self esteem, the way I look at myself. I don't see myself as beautiful or pretty, attractive or any of the things women should see in themselves," says the survivor.

And it's made her fearful of others. "I could walk down the street and my body just gets stiff. Walking by a man looking at him and not knowing him makes me have to look behind me to see if they turn around or follow me," says survivor.

She says self defense is an option when it comes to protection, but only time will help her regain her spirit and desire to love.

"I can't see myself in a relationship because of the broken down feeling inside me. It would be hard for me to trust again," she goes on to say. And she doesn't want that to happen to other women.

But if it does, she says find a place of empowerment like the YWCA, and most importantly, she encourages women to get away as fast as they can.

FOR HELP CALL:

Centers for Families: 318-222-0759

YWCA: 318-222-2117 OR 1-888-411-1333

Providence House: 318-698-7273 

 

Right now in Shreveport, we're looking at a 24% increase of reported rapes in 2009. In May, there were two fewer reported rapes in 2009 than 2008. Year to date in May, again fewer rapes total. In June, the numbers start to pick up with seven more rapes in 2009 than were reported in 2008. Year to date, there were two more rapes total. The increase continues in July. Three more rapes were reported in 2009 than 2008.

August saw the biggest increase. In 2008, seven rapes were reported while this year 24 rapes were reported. In September, while more rapes were reported in 2008 than 2009, year to date in 2009 the numbers are still higher. In October the numbers are still up, but they're not as drastic. Up through the end of October, there's been a 24% increase in the number of rapes reported. Here are the rape stats in number form for Shreveport:

 

May
2009 - 10 REPORTED RAPES
2008 - 12

YTD
2009 - 41
2008 - 45

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June
2009 - 14 REPORTED RAPES
2008 - 7

YTD
2009 - 54
2008 - 52

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July
2009 - 7 REPORTED RAPES
2008 - 4

YTD
2009 - 64
2008 - 56

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August
2009 - 24
2008 - 7

YTD
2009- 89
2008 - 63

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September
2009- 04 REPORTED RAPES
2008 - 15

YTD
2009 - 96
2008 - 78

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October
2009 - 14
2008 - 10

YTD
2009 -109
2008 - 88

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For Bossier Parish, In May the numbers were down by 6 from 2009 to 2008. And year to date, the numbers were down as well. In June, the numbers went up slightly. Yet year to date the numbers were down. In July, there was a spike in the number of reported rapes. Nine were reported in 2009, while 3 were reported in 2008.

In August, there was only one reported rape in 2009 and two in 2008. In September, there was one more reported rape in 2009 than 2008. And there was one more reported rape in October of 2009 than 2008. So, rape is only slightly up in Bossier Parish. Here are the stats for Bossier Parish:

 

May
2009 - 1
2008 - 7

YTD
2009 - 9
2008 - 17

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June
2009 - 4
2008 - 2

YTD
2009 - 13
2008 - 19

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July
2009-9
2008-3

YTD
2009-22
2008-22

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August
2009-1
2008-2

YTD
2009-23
2008-24

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September
2009-4
2008-3

YTD
2009-27
2008-27

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October
2009-3
2008-2

YTD
2009-30
2008-29

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