In 2010, four reported rapes were part of teen gatherings, one was spousal and ongoing since 2009, one was between an estranged husband and wife — a case in which charges were dropped, another was part of a full investigation that was rejected by the district attorney, and the last happened in 2008.
In 2009, three rapes involved teens younger than 18, one was an attempted rape and one was deemed a false report.
“None of them were stranger rapes,” said Sgt. Tony Sheneman, Tracy police spokesman. “All of the victims knew their attackers.”
Sheneman said single-digit rape totals have been the norm in recent years. The last time Tracy exceeded single-digit numbers for sexual assaults was in 2003, when there were 11 reports.
The nine reported rapes are the most since seven were reported in 2005.
And while not all reported rapes lead to arrests or investigations, not all rapes are reported to the police. Sometimes, other outfits are called.
Joelle Gomez, executive director of the Women’s Center of San Joaquin County, which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, said the nonprofit often receives calls.
“The sad thing (is), when you’re dealing with sexual assaults, 90 percent of the victims do not report to law enforcement. There are lots of reasons why victims choose not to report — a lot of fear, a lot of shame, and also retaliation from the perpetrator,” said Gomez, who suggests that women who think they’ve been victims should go to the hospital, get a rape exam, have a report taken by police and get evidence collected.
“It’s hard to build a case around a he said-she said, with no witnesses, and little to no evidence.”