NOW-NYC Protests 94th Precinct: Every Rape Must be Taken Seriously Organization Issues List of Demands for NYPD
New York — The National Organization for Women-NYC denounced comments made by NYPD Captain Peter Rose, trivializing rape cases in which the perpetrator‘s identity is known to the victim. In response, NOW-NYC organized a protest outside of the 94th Precinct held at 1pm on January 10th to call for all rapes to be taken seriously and to issue a series of demands to the NYPD.
Sonia Ossorio, President of NOW New York said, “Captain Rose’s comments are outrageous, but they are symptoms of a larger problem. The atrocious idea that acquaintance rapes are less serious is a widespread belief in our criminal justice system. It is a prejudice that stands between countless sexual assault victims and justice.”
In support of victims across the City of New York, NOW-NYC demands:
– All 10 “unsolved” cases from the 94th precinct to be reopened. The victims should be contacted by someone whose mandate is to secure victim cooperation and pursue justice.
– A thorough evaluation to identify where things went wrong in these 10 cases.
– Arrest numbers and incident reports from other commands to be compiled, to identify whether this egregious O-for-10 statistic in the 94th precinct is an anomaly or the norm.
– A department-wide plan that evaluates current procedures and imposes oversight and accountability in every command to ensure that acquaintance rapes are taken seriously.
– A department-wide commitment to 2 principles:
1_ Acquaintance rapes are real rapes: in fact, these constitute a majority of rapes committed.
2_ Starr by believing victims: ensure investigators understand that most rape complaints are true and that complaining witnesses should get respectful treatment and prompt, thorough investigations.
Although Captain Rose has since issued an apology on Twitter, his comments rang alarm bells for how victims of rape are treated by the NYPD. Through its work the organization is aware of at least several instances in which NYPD officers did not respond adequately or sensitively to the immediate and pressing needs of a rape victim.
Jane Manning, Director of Advocacy for NOW-NYC’s partner organization, Women’s Justice NOW said, “It’s good that he apologized but an apology doesn’t ﬁx the problem. We hear all the time that police want victims to come forward and report rape but how are victims going to feel conﬁdent that they can report a rape and have it taken seriously when they hear comments like this coming from the commanding ofﬁcer of a police department‘? Are these alarming statistics on the 94th precinct an anomaly or are they systematic of a larger problem that’s city-wide? This is what we plan to ﬁnd out.”
NOW-NYC advocates for the women and girls of New York, by working to defend reproductive rights, ﬁght economic inequality, and end discrimination and violence against women. As the largest NOW chapter in the country, they play a key role in shaping both the local and national debate on the issues that impact women.
Women’s Justice NOW is NOW ‘s charitable partner organization, supporting their public education and outreach efforts and providing legal help and referrals to women in need.
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