City officials kicked off a public outreach campaign Wednesday to encourage victims of rape and sexual assault to seek help in the wake of revelations that Baltimore police discarded rape reports at the highest rate in the country.
The campaign's theme — "Rape is not your fault" — is intended to help break down barriers between victims and police. Ads will appear on city buses and in businesses, and there will be a television spot featuring Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The city also created a website and established a hotline staffed by counselors from a women's group.
"We want to send a clear message that rape is a serious crime and is never the fault of the victim," Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference in front of City Hall. "It is my sincere hope that victims know that they are not to blame, and there is somewhere for them to turn for help and support."
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