Brooks, WV—A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that the number of reported rapes in the United States has doubled since 2013, with an average of 11 rapes a week in the metro area.
In addition, a survey of 1,400 sexually violent offenders revealed that more than half of them were in the Brooks area.
The study was conducted by the Brooke Metropolitan Center for Violence Prevention Research, a nonprofit that conducts research in the community.
Brookes is the sixth largest metro area in the nation, according to the CDC.
The findings of the CDC study come as the state of West Virginia, home to the University of Virginia, grapples with the spread of an outbreak of a strain of the coronavirus that has spread to at least six other states and is currently spreading to other parts of the country.
“The fact that West Virginia is one of the most violent states in the country, and yet the national rate is still far below the national average, speaks to the importance of addressing violence and addressing its impact on communities,” said John Delaney, the CDC’s director of the national Division of Violence Prevention and Response.
“Brooks County, West Virginia has a lot of violence and we need to do more to reduce it.
But it is not a one-size-fits-all problem.
There are many ways to reduce the violence and it is critical to understand the factors that impact that violence.”