Recent reports of high-profile cases of sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual harassment have drawn national attention to a very important issue. Many survivors of harassment, abuse, and assault have only reluctantly come forward after many years of silence.
In 2015 the Madison Police Department began working with the Rape Crisis Center in creating a public service announcement to raise awareness of this very issue. We had taken note of cases in which we believed there could be additional survivors who chose to not come forward. Victims may not want to report the crime to law enforcement but we hope that doesn't deter them from getting the support they deserve.
The Madison Police Department and the Dane County Rape Crisis Center have a long history of working together to serve survivors of sexual assault. The message we would like to send to survivors is that it's never too late to get help, and it's never too late to tell your story. If survivors are unsure of whether they want to involve the police, we want to be clear that survivors can always call the Rape Crisis Center. RCC staff will discuss options with survivors so that individuals can make informed decisions based on their own unique situation.
In partnership with the Rape Crisis Center, The American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation, John Urban and the john urban production company, and the Goodman Community Center, the public service announcement has been released and is currently circulating on social media.
RCC contact information:
Rape Crisis Center:
24/7 RCC helpline:
Linea De Ayuda:
If there are questions about the statute of limitations regarding Sex crimes:
https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.wcasa.org_file-5Fopen.php-3Fid-3D176&d=DwMFAw&c=byefhD2ZumMFFQYPZBagUCDuBiM9Q9twmxaBM0hCgII&r=ds4vbhro38JKnU18IMPxPc34N2SCSmRZcefIMrZpsVo&m=Epf01Vp9_58obVWfrG4y0NodW9JQ04Hk75Bolndcy_8&s=iK8kuc0DwQ09E0swO2nMCJC0eozo7x6G9AxRU4dwUrA&e= but know that there are no time limits on calling the helpline.
From 5:30 a.m. on 11/16/2017 through 5:30 a.m. on 11/17/2017, MPD received 402 calls for service. This number does not include parking complaints or 911 misdials.
1) EAST: Adult Arrested Person – 3:54 a.m. Officers responded to Sinykin Circle where the caller reported he was locked out of his residence and injured. The caller/suspect (35 year old HM) was contacted and found to have a small cut on the back of his head. The caller's girlfriend/victim (22 year old HF) was contacted and she reported a disturbance between the two. The victim admitted to striking the suspect after he punched her several times in the face and took her phone away from her. The suspect was arrested for battery/domestic and disorderly conduct/domestic.
2) SOUTH: Check Person – 7:17 a.m. Officers responded to a business on S. Park Street where the caller reported an employee who recently quit was present and causing a disturbance. The subject (23 year old AAM) was contacted and placed into protective custody after the investigation revealed concerns for the welfare/mental health of the subject. He was conveyed to a local hospital and he will ultimately be transported to Winnebago on an emergency detention order.
3) NORTH: Death Investigation – 7:38 a.m. Officers responded to a business on Northport Drive for a deceased subject (26 year old WF). Drugs/paraphernalia were observed on the scene. Medical Examiner responded to the scene. Investigation continuing.
4) EAST: Death Investigation – 9:26 a.m. Officers responded to an east side residence for a deceased subject (82 year old WM). Decedent had multiple health concerns. Medical Examiner responded to the scene. Investigation continuing.
5) CENTRAL: Drug Incident/Investigation – 3:38 p.m. Officers observed a wanted suspect (73 year old WM) in violation of his bail conditions (to not be on State Street). The suspect was contacted and arrested. During the arrest, officers located crack cocaine and marijuana on the suspect. The suspect was charged with possession of THC with intent to distribute, possession schedule II narcotics and felony bail jumping.
6) NORTH: Sexual Assault of a Child – 7:15 p.m. A victim (17 year old WM) reported a sexual assault. There was alcohol involved. The victim does not recall all the details. Two suspects are both adults, WMs. Rape Crisis plugged in. Victim seen at a local hospital for an exam. Investigation continuing.
7) NORTH: Sexual Assault – 8:51 p.m. A MPD officer was following up with a victim (19 year old WF) regarding a domestic disturbance that took place on 11/14 on Independence Lane. The victim further disclosed that she was sexually assaulted during the domestic disturbance. The suspect (25 year old HM) is known to the victim. Evidence located and collected. Victim to be seen at a local hospital for an exam. Investigation continuing.
8) EAST: Domestic Disturbance – 10:22 p.m. Officers responded to the 300 block of Rethke Ave for a domestic disturbance between two adults. While officers were en route, the female caller stated that that the male half attempted to stab her and fled on foot. Officers arrived and located the male subject (31 year old AAM) and a juvenile (11 year old AAM). The caller (29 year old AAF) refused to answer the door and stated she did not want police contact. The male subject had scratches and the juvenile had a split lip from his mother punching him in the face. The injuries were documented and probable cause was established for the female caller for physical abuse to a child and domestic disorderly conduct. Several hours later, the same female subject called 911 stating she was at a different address with a different male subject holding a gun to her head. Phone pinged back to Rethke Ave. Officers attempted contact and female refused to answer the door. No signs of any disturbance. A decision was made to ultimately walk away. Investigation continuing.
9) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 11:01 p.m. Officers responded to the 200 block of N. Pinckney St involving a physical altercation between two males (31 year old WM victim and 27 year old AAM suspect). The victim reported giving the suspect some of his prescription medication but the suspect took more than the victim wanted him to take. The victim explained that he tried to get some of the medication back when the suspect then pulled a pocket knife on him and threatened to kill him. The suspect fled the area. There is a pending disorderly conduct while armed charge for the suspect.
10) CENTRAL: Strong Arm Robbery – 1:52 a.m. Officers responded to the 400 block of W. Gorham Street where a victim (20 WM) reported a possible strong arm robbery. The victim said his cell phone was missing but he was unable to articulate how it was taken as he was intoxicated. A witness stated they observed the victim and another individual (22 year old WM) in a mutual verbal argument and shoving match. The 22 year old male subject was contacted and was cooperative. He was also intoxicated and does not recall any details about the incident with the victim. Investigation continuing.
11) CENTRAL: Weapons Offense – 2:16 a.m. Officers responded to the 400 block of State Street where an argument between customers were reported. There were statements overheard about a gun and a threat being made. No victim or suspect were located. No weapons were located. Investigation continuing.