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Media / February 20, 2020

Reform demanded at NYPD's Special Victims Division after disturbing report about sex assault victim

Advocates for victims of sex crimes were fired up outside City Hall. They said was a series of mistakes by the Special Victims Division that allowed the suspect to dodge the rape charge even after his fingerprints were found on a condom wrapper inside the victim’s apartment

Media / February 20, 2020

NYPD Special Victims Division still doesn’t have its act together, advocates say

“The mayor of this city owes the women of this city an apology,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women — New York. “Substandard police responses to sex crimes has happened on his watch.”

Media / February 2, 2020

He Assaulted His Girlfriend. Now He Wants a Political Comeback.

“I am so appalled and so angry at even the possibility,” said Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, a Democrat who represents a neighboring district in Queens and who sponsored a package of anti-sexual harassment laws last year. “We elected so many young progressive women to fight for us. The last thing we need is to take a huge step backward.”

Media / December 20, 2019

Governor Commits to End Victim-Blaming Rape Laws

NOW NY President, Sonia Ossorio, said “Every single night of the week there are women who will be targeted for rape because they are highly inebriated and vulnerable to sexual assault. Drinking to excess is not an invitation to be raped. But the way some of our laws are written, you’d think it was. That is going to change.”

Media / December 12, 2019

New Leadership for Long Island's 3rd Congressional District

Melanie D’Arrigo is a health care advocate from L.I. who briefly lived in Long Island City and she is running a progressive grassroots campaign to unseat incumbent politician U.S Rep. Thomas Suozzi (D-L.I., Little Neck) from New York’s 3rd District.