by: Greg Coy Updated:
Data shows the City of Memphis had an increase in the number of reported cases of rape from the start of 2017 compared to the same time in 2016.
FOX13 has learned Memphis police are investigating 37 cases, and investigators are working to see if any the cases are connected.
FOX13 showed the same crime figures to Deborah Clubb of the Memphis Area Women's Council.
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Clubb detests the increase in violence against women, but believes it may be the result of better reporting.
"More of those crimes are being reported to authorities. More victims, you would hope, are getting help with counseling, with medical care that they may need," Clubb said.
FOX13 emailed the same crime data uncovered to the Memphis Police Department. A spokesman emailed a response that read in part:
"We have seen an increase in reported rapes from YTD 2016 compared to YTD 2017. Our investigators try to connect rapes by suspect description, physical evidence, and modus operandi."
In crunching the data, FOX13 discovered eight cases of rape happened in neighborhoods covered by Old Allen Police Precinct, seven in communities patrolled by Mt. Moriah Police Station, and six in the area under the responsibility of the Raines Police Station service areas.
FOX13 asked Clubb if she was concerned if these crimes were acts of 37 different individuals or if one suspect could have committed multiple attacks.
"I would be certainly relying on the police leadership to be tracking this and know when to tell us something. And I would count on them to do that. Because they are going to be the ones who are going to know details that they are not going to be sharing with us," Clubb said.
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