KUSA – Both Denver and Pueblo have issued statements refuting some of the claims made by an analysis conducted by DatingAdvice.com, which listed four Colorado cities among the 24 most sexually violent small cities in the country based on FBI data.
Denver was ranked third on the list. Colorado Springs was No. 10, Aurora was No. 13 and Pueblo was ranked No. 18.
In a letter to the website, a spokesperson for the Denver District Attorney's Office called the analysis "horribly irresponsible" and 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 for your dating website," the letter goes on to say.
A statement from the Pueblo Police Department, meanwhile, said the numbers on the website were accurate, but only took 2013 into account.
"A completed finalized report for 2014 is not expected until later this year," the statement reads. "It should be known that the FBI has a long-standing policy against ranking on the basis of crime data alone."
The statement goes on to say that the number of rapes in Pueblo has decreased by 41 percent from January to June 2013 to the same period in 2014.
Colorado Springs and Aurora have not issued responses.
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Read the full statements from Denver and Pueblo below:
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.
DOCUMENT: Read the FBI guidelines here
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.
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.
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.
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.