Though Colorado is enjoying substantially lower crime rates than the majority of the country, it saw a bump of 41% in sexual assaults from 2012 to 2013. This may come as a bit of surprise to some, but as noted by many experts, prosecutors, and criminal defense attorneys, the change does not appear to be the result of a change in the actions of people. Rather, the increase in sexual assaults in Colorado appears to be a result of a definitional change in what a sexual assault is.
By the old definition, Colorado’s rate of sexual assaults hasn’t changed much from 2012 to 2013.
So what has changed in the law?
There are a number of factors that have contributed to the increased rate but the two largest changes are that the definition of sexual assault now includes sexual assault with an object as well as forcible sodomy. The new definitions are meant to cover the more modern definitions of sexual assault that are understanding more about male rape and how it should be included in the sexual assault laws.
Violent felony crimes also showed a slight increase in 2013 over 2012. There are a number of factors that may have contributed to the rise in violent felony crimes but there is not a clear factor as seen in the sexual assault statute change.
If you are interested in the crime rates for 2013, here is an article from Colorado Public Radio on the new numbers.
If you are interested in how the crime rate is effecting you and how changes in statutes can obscure the numbers, feel free to contact us. We would love to hear your opinions on the crime rates and ways that they can be brought down.
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