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Media / March 2, 2020

Anti-Rape Advocates Demand Reform Of NYPD’s Special Victims Division

Gloria Steinem joined the rally at City Hall after a bombshell report in the New York Times last month detailed how many NYPD detectives allegedly dismissed and New York University student’s claim of rape.

“This story symbolizes the fact that something is terribly lacking with the NYPD's Special Victims Division,” said Steinem.

Media / February 25, 2020

Weinstein Case Could Influence Other Sex Crime Prosecutions

“This is not a signal that our systems and institutions are magically transformed,” said Sonia Ossorio, the president of the National Organization for Women’s New York chapter, who sat through most of the trial. “This is one case, one man. We’ve got to keep it in perspective.”

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.”