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St. Louis YWCA encouraging rape victims to come forward

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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Nearly 700 rape victims went to the St. Louis YWCA's Women's Resource Center for help in 2015, according to staff.

However, less than 300 rapes were reported to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department in 2015.

Many victims fear coming forward because they think they will be blamed.

"This is a traumatizing experience and many times society tells them that it is there fault," YWCA Women's Resource Center Director Phyllis Miller said.

It is a problem nationwide.

According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, 98 percent of rapists never spend one day behind bars and 68 percent of rapes are never reported.

Miller said lawmakers need to do more to help victims feel safe. She added that victims can come to the resource center for help.

Click here for the YWCA women's resource center.

Click here to view Senator Claire McCaskill's legislation to prevent sexual assaults on campuses. 

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