NOW-NYC denounces NYPD captain's comments trivializing rape

Press Releases / January 9, 2017

Organization Plans Protest at 94th Precinct in Greenpoint to Call for NYPD to Take Rape Seriously

WHEN: Tuesday, January 10th at 1:00PM
WHERE: 94th Precinct Greenpoint
100 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11222
(G to Nassau or L to Bedford)

New York – January 9, 2017 – The National Organization for Women-NYC denounced comments made by NYPD Captain Peter Rose, dismissing the seriousness of rape cases in which the perpetrator’s identity is known to the victim.

Captain Peter Rose, Commanding Officer of the 94th Precinct, stated that an increase in rapes in his precinct is “not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13, only two were true stranger rapes.”  Captain Rose went on to say that “They’re not total abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the streets.”  “If there’s a true stranger rape, a random guy picks up a stranger off the street, those are the troubling ones.  That person has, like, no moral standards.”

“These comments are outrageous,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of NOW-NYC.  “Acquaintance rape is as horrific a crime as stranger rape.  That’s what the law says, and that’s what we expect our law enforcement officials to understand.”

“Most rapes are committed by perpetrators whose identity is known to the victim,” Ossorio continued.  “If police are failing to take acquaintance rapes seriously, they are failing to take most rapes seriously.”


“The worst part is that this mentality is widespread in our criminal justice system,” said Jane Manning, Director of Women’s Justice NOW’s Take Rape Seriously campaign. “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.”

Sonia Ossorio announced that NOW-NYC would be protesting outside the 94th Precinct on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.  “It’s time to fight back,” Ossorio stated.  “We want to hear directly from the Police Commissioner about how he will ensure that every commanding officer in every precinct takes EVERY rape seriously.”

For more information, contact:

Jean Bucaria, Deputy Director

Office: (212) 627-9895

Jane Manning, Director of Advocacy

Mobile: 917-657-6736


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.