San Antonio TX crime rates and statistics

With a crime rate of 64 per one thousand residents, San Antonio has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 16. Within Texas, more than 97% of the communities have a lower crime rate than San Antonio.

Importantly, when you compare San Antonio to other communities of similar population, then San Antonio crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how San Antonio does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

The crime data that NeighborhoodScout used for this analysis are the seven offenses from the uniform crime reports, collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, and include both violent and property crimes, combined.

Now let us turn to take a look at how San Antonio does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in San Antonio.

For San Antonio, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in San Antonio is one in 154.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in San Antonio is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In San Antonio, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 17, which is a rate of 57 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that San Antonio has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in San Antonio is one in 214.


Slender Man defendants plead not guilty

MILWAUKEE - Two 13-year-old girls have pleaded not guilty to attempted homicide charges after being accused of repeatedly stabbing a classmate as a sacrifice to an online horror character.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier are being tried as adults and face decades in prison if convicted in the May 2014 attack. A judge entered their pleas Friday.

Investigators say the two plotted to lure Payton Leutner into some woods in Waukesha after a sleepover. They say the girls intended to kill Payton to win the favor of Slender Man, an character described as unnaturally tall and thin with no visible facial features.

Slender Man stories have proliferated online in recent years. The girls wanted to kill for him, in part, to prove his existence, police documents allege.

The girls, 12 at the time of the stabbing, believed they would have a home in Slender Man's mansion if they carried out the attack, police say.

After stabbing their friend and leaving her for dead, the girls started walking to a forest 300 miles away, where they believed he lived, according to police documents.

Payton suffered 19 stab wounds, including one that doctors say narrowly missed a major artery near her heart. After the attack in a wooded park, she crawled to a road. and was found lying on a sidewalk by a passing bicyclist. Despite the attack, she staged what her family called a "miraculous" recovery and was back in school in September, three months after the attack.

Defense attorneys have argued that the case belongs in juvenile court, saying the adolescents suffer from mental illness and won't get the treatment they need in the adult prison system.

But Waukesha County Circuit Judge Michael Bohren decided this month that the girls should be tried in adult court, despite their age, saying if they were found guilty in the juvenile system they would be released at 18 years of age with no supervision or mental health treatment. Keeping them in the adult system would protect them longer, he said.

They each face a charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

The girls face 65 years in prison if convicted as adults. They have been in custody since being arrested the day of the attack.


How EMDR Can Help Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

By Jeremy Tomlinson, M.Ed., R.M.F.T., R.S.W., EMDRIA Certified


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The dilemma of sexual abuse treatment remains the need for disclosure. For a variety of reasons, adults abused as children hesitate to tell anyone else what happened to them and as a result are unable to get help to manage their problematic feelings and behaviors in the present day. People may hesitate to meet with a therapist because they don't feel ready to deal with the memories they are having. This is a healthy and appropriate response. It takes strength and courage to deal with difficult traumatic memories, particularly when those memories may be revisited. It simply does not work to 'force' this process. You will know when you are ready and that is the time to contact a therapist.

What is EMDR?

EMDR is an approach to therapy that is particularly helpful for people who have experienced something traumatic. That can be something we would normally think of as traumatizing (a sexual assault, an earthquake, a bank robbery) or an experience that was disturbing and personally traumatizing (an incident of bullying, humiliation, betrayal, complicated bereavement). To begin, a relationship is established between the client and therapist. After trust and safety have been built, by hearing your story, the therapist will identify situations or 'targets' for EMDR processing. These are often individual events (i.e. Bexar County Defense lawyer Pat Hancock is sensitive to the frustrating situations in which clients often find themselves. Patrick understands choices must be made, and choosing the correct decisions in a criminal matter at any phase is crucial. Patrick has established himself as a lawyer who takes a savvy approach to his work and will champion his clients' rights.the time in grade 4 when the older kids bullied me or the time my babysitter touched me sexually). On the day of EMDR processing you will be asked a few questions about the event to identify a negative belief associated with situation (i.e. "The world is an unsafe place"), an image, as well as emotions and body sensations that you are noticing. Your therapist will use 'bilateral stimulation'. This means, your therapist will have you move your eyes, or tap your knees, or play music or sounds in your right, then left ear. The bilateral stimulation helps to activate the way messages travel in the brain and helps you to process (digest, if you like) the lingering aspects of the memory.

Your therapist will do some bilateral stimulation (eye movements, for example), then stop and check with you what you are experiencing. You might be having images, often like a movie of your life playing. Or you might have body sensations (tingling in your hands or an upset stomach or quickened breathing). Or you might be focused on emotion. Or you might have thoughts. Typically you will cycle from images to thoughts to emotions to body sensations while you are processing. As well your therapist is observing while you are processing - whether your face flushes, how your eyes are moving, your breathing, your facial expressions, your vocalizations. Your therapist will ask you to pay attention Law Offices of Patrick L. Hancock to certain aspects of the processing at different points (okay - notice your sadness or okay - notice that pain in your shoulder). At other times your therapist may ask you a question.

With sexual abuse, this means targeting instances of abuse. As a result, sometimes people experience powerful emotions or body sensations during the EMDR processing. This is certainly not guaranteed, however. Sometimes the shifts that people notice are subtle or gentle and not experienced as distressing. Your therapist will be guiding the process and has the role of keeping you safe. That means if you are experiencing a distressing emotion or body sensation, your therapist may allow that to happen for a few minutes. However, if the distressing emotion or sensation does not seem to be shifting, your therapist will use techniques/strategies to take you away from those distressing feelings and for you to relax and feel grounded.

Will we only spend time processing difficult memories?

During the initial sessions where the therapist is building a relationship with the client and is hearing the client's story; after the relationship of trust has been developed, we may begin processing difficult memories. What is also common with survivors of sexual abuse, however, is to use EMDR processing to build strength. This usually involves developing images of a safety (for example, Grandma's kitchen or the dock by a cottage) and images of strength (for example, Wonder Woman or a protective guard dog), then using EMDR processing to reinforce and integrate those images. Particularly for survivors of abuse, the strength-building EMDR commonly happens before processing any difficult memories by helping you to associate more with the feelings of strength and/or safety. As well, you may alternate between processing a difficult memory one session and strength-building in the next session.

How will EMDR help?

During the abuse, a person may have felt intense fear, humiliation, helplessness, and loss of control. It is possible that the victim thought he or she would die. It is also possible the person felt pleasure (a common response - bodies respond to stimulation). All of these feelings could have been traumatizing. During the experience, there only so much the person could tolerate/be aware of. The rest of the experience got recorded in the memory system, almost as if it is 'stuck' there. The goal of EMDR is to process or 'digest' the memory so it is no longer 'stuck'. At the end of processing a memory, the person will still remember that he/she was abused, but the fear or upset stomach or belief that no one can be trusted will be gone, and the image of the abuse will have faded.

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Author's Bio: 

Jeremy Tomlinson, M.Ed., R.S.W., has been a psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for nearly 10 years. He does individual and couple counseling, sex therapy and EMDR. He works with many survivors of childhood sexualized abuse, particularly male survivors. He is a part-time professor in the Social Service Worker program at Humber College.