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Dallas Police reported the rape of a woman at Glendale Park in Oak Cliff in March. The attack happened around 2 a.m. Police indicated the victim was abducted by two men near the Ledbetter and Sunnyvale Avenue area. She was then assaulted at the park. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Dallas Police reported the rape of a woman at Glendale Park in Oak Cliff in March. The attack happened around 2 a.m. Police indicated the victim was abducted by two men near the Ledbetter and Sunnyvale Avenue area. She was then assaulted at the park. (credit: CBS 11 News)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Incidences of rape are up 12.4 percent in Dallas, according to the latest crime report, which city leaders looked over Monday.

In the last six months, 199 rapes were reported. In the same time period last year, the department received reports of 177 rapes. But those numbers may not reflect the true number of women victimized this year.

“It’s the most under reported crime that we have… and we are trying to really encourage those victims of rape to come forward,” said Dallas Police Chief David Brown. Fifty-four percent of sexual assaults aren’t reported to police, according to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN).

Police continue to search for a man they say tried to sexually assault two women along the 900 block of Flickering Shadow Drive, near LBJ Freeway and Greenville Avenue.

Chief Brown said he wants people to report when they become a victim so police can bring the perpetrators to justice.

On a positive note, despite an increase in violent crime such as rape — overall crime is down 1.2 percent from last year.

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