NYPD Statement: Sexual Assault Problem Not That Bad Since It’s Mostly Date Rape

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Greenpoint, a northern neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, has witnessed a 62 percent increase in sexual assaults over the past year, according to police statistics.

In 2016 alone, the number of rapes and attempted rapes in the area increased from eight to 13, according to DNAinfo.

Heartbreakingly, however, many of those cases remain unsolved. But what’s even more disgusting is the justification of the unsolved cases by the NYPD. Instead of taking the blame for their inability to solve these cases, police are instead blaming victims, calling them “acquaintance rape” cases, as if that somehow justifies their inability to ensure justice is sought.

According to police, many of these so-called “acquaintance rape” cases involve women who report sexual assaults to police and then later cease cooperation with investigators, likely due to the traumatizing ways in which our justice system deals with survivors of sexual violence.

Captain Peter Rose, head of the 94th Precinct of the NYPD told DNAinfo:

‘Every rape should be investigated. I wish we could do more. It really becomes a balancing act for the investigators.’

According to Rose, some of the acts occurred after individuals met on Tinder or similar hookup sites, and others were co-workers. Specifically, he’s not “too worried” because most of these attacks didn’t involve strangers. He went on to state:

‘It’s not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13 [sex attacks], only two were true stranger rapes.’

Yes, that’s a direct quote. He actually said that.

But it gets worse. At a Community Council meeting on Wednesday evening, Rose went on:

‘They’re not total abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the streets. If there’s a true stranger rape, a random guy picks up a stranger off the street, those are the troubling ones. That person has, like, no moral standards.’

Is he unaware that seven out of 10 acts of sexual violence are committed by someone the victim already knows?

The sheer ignorance and lack of understanding from someone in such a high position of authority is baffling. Luckily, however, many individuals are calling Rose out for his stifling comments.

Ben Walsh, a reporter for The Huffington Post tweeted:

‘Good god this is a disgusting statement from the NYPD.’

https://twitter.com/BenDWalsh/status/817435342169145344

Jane Manning, a member of the National Organization for Women (NOW) was clearly outraged by Rose’s comments, but managed to draw attention to the fact that this is the kind of mentality survivors of sexual violence are faced with on a daily basis.

‘The idea that “this isn’t some guy who’s dangerous to women,” that in itself is a major window into the mentality that we are up against.’

Manning pointed out that, if law enforcement officials are having issues getting a victim to cooperate, they must re-evaluate the approach they’re taking and ask themselves what they’re failing to do to ensure these women feel safe, comfortable, and able to cooperate with officials.

‘If you have the commander of a precinct making comments like that, he’s setting a tone for all the officers of a unit about how seriously to take acquaintance rape cases.’

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