NYPD: Take Rape Seriously
“Take rape seriously, every victim every time. Rape is a real crime, rapists should do real time!”
On Tuesday, January 10th NOW-NYC protested at the 94th NYPD Precinct in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, in response to callous comments made by Commanding Officer, Captain Peter Rose.
Outraged, we took action to demand that the NYPD Take Rape Seriously. Join us in taking action!
Take Action NOW
Call the NYPD Commissioner and demand that the NYPD take rape seriously and instruct Captain Peter Rose to put full resources into investigating ALL rape cases.
Call NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill at 646.610.5410
Here’s a script to help you:
“Good evening, Commissioner O’Neill, my name is . I’m a New York City resident and a member of the National Organization for Women. I am appalled at the callous comments of Captain Rose of the 94th precinct which places more importance on some rapes over others. Rape is an egregious and violent crime and must be taken seriously regardless of whether or not a victim knows the attacker. Apologizing is a start, but it’s now up to Captain Rose, the 94th precinct, and the NYPD to clearly demonstrate to the public that they are taking every rape seriously.”
Why are Tinder rapes, cab rapes, or rapes by coworkers not as serious as stranger rapes? .@NYPDONeill: Women demand better. #TakeRapeSeriously
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Read the original breaking story on DNA Info
Our Press Release: NOW-NYC Denounces Police Captain’s Comments
Only 3 arrests were made of the 13 rape cases the 94th Precinct saw in 2016. The other 10 cases were all labeled as acquaintance rapes, abandoned and unsolved, which means 100% of survivors who experienced acquaintance rape and reported to the 94th Precinct did not receive justice.
Captain Rose apologized for his insensitive, misguided statement on Twitter, “My comments were not meant to minimize the seriousness of sexual assault. Every rape, whether it is perpetrated by a stranger or someone known to them, is fully investigated.”
Women don’t want apologies. Women want protection from sexual violence.
NOW-NYC President Sonia Ossorio declared, “Most rapes are committed by perpetrators whose identity is known to the victim. If police are failing to take acquaintance rapes seriously, they are failing to take most rapes seriously.”
NOW-NYC Director of Advocacy Jane Manning explained, “The worst part is that this mentality is widespread in our criminal justice system. This captain said something out loud that far too many law enforcement officials believe and put into practice. This means worse treatment for victims who report sex crimes to the police, less effort and fewer resources devoted to investigating sex crimes, and higher chances that sexual predators will get away with their crimes so that they can attack again.”
We are calling for a change, to destroy rape culture with the emphasizing that all rapes are “total abomination rapes”. All survivors deserve respect and justice for the traumas they have experienced.
Thank You for Supporting our Take Rape Seriously Campaign!
We want to thank all of you that came yesterday in support of the women of the Greenpoint community to demand action from the NYPD. Our voices were heard.