DatingAdvice.com has published a list ranking what it describes as the "24 most sexually violent cities in America," based on the number of rapes reported in each one. A stunning four communities in Colorado are listed, including one in the top five — but many of the country's larges cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City, didn't make the cut.
Two of the Colorado cities have already attacked the list, with one spokesperson branding the entire enterprise "horribly irresponsible." We've included the two statements below, following photo-illustrated DatingAdvice.com picks and data.
Number 1: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Reported rapes: 1,279
Number 2: Indianapolis, Indiana
Reported rapes: 656
Number 3: Detroit, Michigan
Reported rapes: 618
Number 4: Fort Worth, Texas
Reported rapes: 523
Number 5: Denver, Colorado
Reported rapes: 514
Number 6 (tie): Memphis, Tennesee
Reported rapes: 437
Number 6 (tie): Nashville, Tennessee
Reported rapes: 437
Number 8: Cleveland, Ohio
Reported rapes: 417
Number 9: Anchorage, Alaska
Reported rapes: 408
Number 10: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Reported rapes: 401
Number 11: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reported rapes: 385
Number 12: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Reported rapes: 370
Number 13: St. Louis, Missouri
Reported rapes: 333
Number 14: Springfield, Missouri
Reported rapes: 281
Number 15: Wichita, Kansas
Reported rapes: 244
Number 16: Aurora, Colorado
Reported rapes: 224
Number 17: St. Paul, Minnesota
Reported rapes: 218
Number 18:Salt Lake City, Utah
Reported rapes: 214
Number 19: Amarillo, Texas
Reported rapes: 204
Number 20: Cincinnati, Ohio
Reported rapes: 198
Number 21: Birmingham, Alabama
Reported rapes: 178
Number 22: Pueblo, Colorado
Reported rapes: 165
Number 23: Akron, Ohio
Reported rapes: 160
Number 24: Seattle, Washington
Reported rapes: 153
Response from the Denver District Attorney's Office:
Dear Hayley Matthews, I am writing on behalf of the Denver District Attorney, who prosecutes sexual assaults in the City and County of Denver. While the DA's Office appreciates a watchful eye on crime statistics and thoughtful analysis of the results, your so-called "analysis" of FBI numbers that resulted in your recent article, "24 Most Sexually Violent Cities in America," is horribly irresponsible. How dare you list what you call the most sexually violent cities in the United States, when you excluded approximately 11 states, and numerous counties in an additional 13 states from your analysis.
Perhaps I am mistaken, but it is my understanding that you took into account total known reported cases of rape as defined under the UCR's revised definition and that certain states like California do not use the revised definition and would have been excluded from your analysis. Many states and counties throughout the United States did not use the revised definition of rape to report their statistics in 2013, so it appears that all cities located in Arizona, California, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada , New Jersey, New Mexico, New York , North Carolina and Wyoming along with their major metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, Baltimore, Las Vegas and New York City, among others, were simply excluded.
Does anyone really believe there are more rape arrests in Pueblo, Colorado than in New York City, Los Angeles or Miami?
Your analysis (which has other serious flaws) and the resulting article does a great disservice to all of those in law enforcement as well as our community resource partners who work with victims of sexual assault on a daily basis. It appears it was nothing more than a publicity stunt by your dating website. And it unfortunately worked, as mainstream media neglected to do their due diligence and see for themselves that there was no real analysis or substance behind your catchy headline.
Denver DA's Office
Response from the Pueblo Police Department:
In response to the recent dating.com report listing the 24 most Sexually Violent Small Cities in America, dated February 9, 2015, we have prepared the following information.
The report listed Pueblo, Colorado as the 22nd city with a reported 165 rapes in 2013. The 2013 number of 165 is accurate. However, the website uses the 2013 numbers because the FBI has only published preliminary January-June 2014 UCR report. A completed finalized report for 2014 is not expected until later this year. It should be known that the FBI has a long-standing policy against ranking on the basis of crime data alone.
Statistics provided to us by our crime analyst, in accordance with the preliminary 2014 FBI UCR report, show the number of rapes in Pueblo (using the revised definition per FBI guidelines) is down from 88 Jan-June 2013 to 52 for Jan-June 2014.
This represents a decrease of -41%. In addition, sexual assaults were down -13% for 2013 vs. 2012 (165 in 2013 vs. 183 in 2012). These accurate numbers show that the City of Pueblo has been on a two year decline for sexual assaults.
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To continue with the decline in rapes, the Pueblo Police Department would like to remind everyone that most sexual assault victims are assaulted by someone they know. There are many rapes that happen that go un-reported for numerous reasons. If you or someone you know is a victim of rape, there are resources available to assist you such as Pueblo Rape Crisis located at 503 N. Main Street # 526. They can be reached by phone at (719) 544-1191. You may also call their 24 hour hotline at (719) 544-0549.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.