Crime

Bellingham man suspected of raping a woman who was unable to give consent

What is sexual violence?

Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.
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Sexual violence is a social and public health problem in the U.S. The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey says nearly 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men experienced sexual violence victimization other than rape at some point in their lives.

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

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.
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