What is sexual violence?
A 33-year-old Bellingham man is suspected of raping a woman who was unable to give consent on Tuesday, April 16.
Bellingham Police booked Darius Safari on Wednesday into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of second-degree rape, and according to jail records, he is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. Whatcom County Superior Court records show he is scheduled to be arraigned April 26.
According to information provided to The Bellingham Herald by Lt. Claudia Murphy, Safari “used the victim’s inability to consent to any kind of sexual contact to rape her.” The victim was a woman he was familiar with.
Police contacted Safari at his home in the 800 block of Viking Circle and arrested him without incident.
Sexual violence support
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or sexual assault, you can contact the following local resources for free, confidential support:
▪ Lummi Victims of Crime, 360-312-2015
▪ Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, 36-.715-1563