Rapid City, Iowa (CBC) Rapid City has been hit with an explosive new wave of sexual assault reports in the wake of a controversial video that sparked a national debate over rape culture and mandatory reporting of assaults.
The city announced Friday that the city is taking action against a video producer who posted the footage to YouTube, after a backlash from victims and activists.
According to a city news release, the city of Rapid City released a statement Friday morning saying it “immediately removed all the content” on the video from YouTube and will be taking further legal action against the producer.
A spokesman for the city said the city has notified police of the “violent and disturbing” content posted by the video producer, who has been identified as “Rapid City Rapist.”
“The city of Iowa is committed to the safety of our residents, and as a result, we will be seeking to hold accountable the person who uploaded this video to YouTube,” the city wrote in a statement.
“We want to make clear that the video was made to raise awareness about rape culture, to educate the public about rape, and to help the victim of this crime.”
The video, titled “Rapids Rapist,” features an elderly woman and a young man in a car who have a heated argument in which the older man hits the woman in the head with a rock.
The man is heard shouting: “You’re an embarrassment to your country,” before slamming the woman on the hood of the car.
In response, the woman screams, “Don’t hit me,” and the man continues to hit her in the face.
After being repeatedly kicked and punched by the older male, the older woman is heard screaming: “No, no, no.
Don’t hit you.”
Rapid-City police and Rapid City Police Department officers respond to the scene.
The city said Friday the incident occurred on Sept. 14, 2017.
RapidsRapist” video was originally uploaded to YouTube on September 14, 17, and 19, according to a statement from the city.
Following the release of the video, a Change.org petition calling for Rapid City to report the man to police has garnered nearly 6,700 signatures, the majority of which have been signed by women and girls who have been assaulted in the city’s streets.
Rape is a serious crime, and a person who commits rape should be held accountable, said the petition.
This person should be charged and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, said Change.
Police and the City of Rapid-City are taking immediate action against this individual, which is being referred to as Rapid-cityRapist.
As part of this investigation, police are interviewing witnesses and reviewing surveillance footage to ensure that no criminal activity takes place in the City.
When the person is arrested and charged, this individual will be placed under arrest and charged as an adult with one count of forcible rape and one count each of assault with a deadly weapon, assault with intent to commit forcible sexual penetration, aggravated assault and rape with a dangerous weapon.
If this individual is found guilty of any of the above charges, the person will be charged with a felony and will face the following: One year of prison, or life imprisonment, if convicted; two years of prison or life incarceration, if found not guilty.
He should be sent to Rapid City Corrections for any sentences imposed on a first or subsequent conviction.
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