Rape is a tough topic, no matter the age or location of the victim. However, survivors, case managers and law enforcement all agree there is an added layer of difficulty when dealing with victims who live in smaller, rural southern communities. Lighthouse Counseling Center is a resource for rape victims in Central Alabama. The center provides examinations for those who say they have been raped. However, the center currently operates out of One Place Just Center in Downtown Montgomery. Case managers say, for victims coming from counties over, it can be a traumatizing process that takes all day to go through the steps leading up to the exam.
The center is preparing to launch a program that will offer mobile sites for rape examinations. The center will set up RV's to have sanitary space for the examinations that will be driven to six counties, so victims will not have to travel to Montgomery to get examined. Case workers hope this will help close the transportation gap for victims who are reluctant to report their attackers. However, they cannot force anyone to take the exam. With so many cases they deal with involving incest and young victims who know their attackers well, getting victims to report their rape proves to be the toughest part.
WSFA 12 News reporter Morgan Young explores a crime that experts admit is happening rampantly, but is shockingly unreported. That's coming up Thursday night at 10.