NOW-NYC Calls on de Blasio and Bratton: Prioritize Reducing Crimes Against Women
Murder Down, Rape Up
NEW YORK – The number of reported rapes in New York City has surged 57% since 2009, from about 760 to 1200. This increase in rates of rape stands in stark contrast to the city’s homicide rate, which has dropped dramatically in the past two decades.
Crimes against women are still at epidemic levels in NYC. In addition to the significant increase in the number of reported rapes in the past five years, the NYPD receives an estimated 600 domestic violence calls every day, and the city is recognized by the Department of Justice as both a major point of entry and destination for victims of sex trafficking.
“New York City has only become more dangerous for the women and girls who live here,” said Sonia Ossorio, President of the National Organization for Women – New York City. “We hope that with a clear mayoral mandate, the new police commissioner will focus on reducing violent crimes against women with the same innovation and effectiveness he brought to homicide reduction.”
The city’s homicide rate dropped dramatically in the past two decades due partly to policing strategies that targeted drug-related and gang-related shootings and directed resources at reducing the underlying activities that led to many homicides. These strategies, while highly effective as anti-homicide policy, were not designed to reduce sex crimes or other violent crimes against women.
Incoming Police Commissioner Bratton is widely recognized for his leadership on community policing. The negative impact of aggressive stop and frisk policing on police-community relations was a hallmark of this mayoral race.
“But police-community relations also suffered on the heels of several high-profile rape cases involving NYPD officers, which drew widespread attention and tested the public’s trust, particularly that of women,” Ossorio said.
Hundreds of women and other community members have protested outside of Manhattan courthouses and on the steps of City Hall, including more than 300 who gathered following the acquittal of former officers Franklin Moreno and Kenneth Mata in May of 2011.
The National Organization for Women is the nation’s largest organization working to advance women’s rights and improve women’s lives. The New York City Chapter of NOW, founded in 1966, is the largest chapter in the country with 5,000 members locally and 35,000 statewide. NOW-NYC works to promote women’s reproductive rights, secure women’s economic empowerment, and end violence and discrimination against women.
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