Fayetteville Changes Policy On Reporting Rapes

The police department in an eastern North Carolina city has changed its policy on the reporting of rapes and now will notify the public within 72 hours of an attack when the assailant is unknown.

Multiple media outlets reported that Fayetteville City Council approved the new policy Monday night. The policy is the result of criticism of the police department's policy of not reporting rapes to the public or on its Web site.

The policy came to light when police waited until Jan. 11 to tell the public about the investigation of seven sexual assaults since June that may be linked.

City Manager Dale Iman says reports will include the time, date and general area of the crime but not the street.

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