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Annual Vermont Crime Stats Indicate Increase in Forcible Rape

By Pat Bradley

Williston, VT – According to the annual Vermont Crime Report, the number of crimes reported in the state dropped almost five percent last year and the rate of violent crimes remained unchanged from 2003. But the statistics for forcible rapes are raising concerns. The data shows there has been an increase of 20 percent over a five-year average. And experts are not sure why there's been an such an increase.
WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.