Re "Arrest in Davis sexual assault" (Page B3, Jan. 29): This story focuses on the church, not on the fact that a woman was sexually assaulted. The church plans to take action to assure the sanctity of their property, but has only prayers for the woman whose body was violated. And the advice the police offer, to walk confidently, be aware and never travel alone, is hollow.
It would be better if the church took action to stop rape in the community, if the police used this opportunity to communicate that they focus their efforts on the criminals rather than on blaming victims, and if The Bee emphasized the newsworthy aspects of this story: that the survivor reported the assault and provided a description that led to apprehending the suspect, and that this incident illustrates the falsehood of the myth that rape happens at night in dark alleys to women who fail to take appropriate precautions.
-- Maureen Pascoe, Sacramento