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07/30/2015 12:18 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2016

10 Illinois Counties With the Fewest Rapes Per Capita

(Editor's note: This article is the latest installment of our occasional series on criminal activity in Illinois. You can find previous articles here and here.)

The term "sexual assault" can cover a multitude of sex-related crimes. For this reason, its use in crime statistical applications can sometimes be ineffective. In many cases, the term is too broad.

Illinois State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation break down sex crimes that might commonly be referred to as "sexual assault" between forcible rape and aggravated assault/battery. The U.S. Department of Justice defines sexual assault as "any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient," which includes forcible rape.

The only type of sexual assault that is reported by such crime statistics specifically is forcible rape. The FBI changed the definition of forcible rape in 2011 to include rape of men, not just women, and to include instances of statutory rape, says ABC News.

In Illinois in 2013, there were 3,878 incidents of forcible rape reported to the police in Illinois, according to the Illinois State police. (There could be more incidents that were not reported.) That's down about 10 percent from the year before, when there were 4,330 reported cases. According to FBI Uniform Crime Reports, there were 79,770 rapes reported to the police in the U.S. in 2013. Counts for both Illinois and the U.S. as a whole were significantly down from 1998, when the U.S. saw 93,144 rapes reported and Illinois saw 6,156, according to Illinois State Police and FBI crime reports.

In 2013, the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault served 18,048 survivors of sexual assault in Illinois. In 2014, that number dropped to 17,351. Not everyone in Illinois who experience sexual assault in those years sought help from the coalition or from any other organization and the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that only 38 percent of rapes and sexual assaults are reported to police. The data below is taken from the Illinois State Police reports.

Illinois counties with the fewest rapes per capita:

10. Macoupin County--1.07

Total rapes reported: 5

Population: 46,880

9. Cumberland County--0.91

Total reported rapes: 1

Population: 10,939

8. Ogle County--0.76

Total reported rapes: 4

Population: 52,835

7. Washington County--0.69

Total reported rapes: 1

Population: 14,448

6. Carroll County--0.67

Total reported rapes: 1

Population: 14,910

5. Effingham County--0.58

Total reported rapes: 2

Population: 34,307

4. Edgar County--0.56

Total reported rapes: 1

Population: 17,960

3. Douglas County--0.50

Total reported rapes: 1

Population: 19,887
2. Jo Daviess County--0.45

Total reported rapes: 1

Population: 22,407

1. Williamson County--0.30

Total reported rapes: 2

Population: 66,924

To see the top 10 Illinois counties with the most reported rapes, which includes McDonough County and Jefferson County, check out Reboot Illinois.

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