Rise in Public Sexual Assault & Harassment
Despite improvements in a number of citywide crime statistics, New York City haswitnessed a rise in the number of rapes andmisdemeanor sex crimes over the course of 2012. According to the U.S. Department of Justice,sexual assault is one of the most under reported crimes, with 60% still being leftunreported. As of October 7, 2012, theNYPD has logged 1,151 incidents of rape - anearly 6% percent jump over 2011 levels and an increase of 12.7% over 2010 stats.
Out of New York City’s five boroughs, Brooklyn has the highest number of reported
rapes. As of October 7, 2012, there were 352 reported rapes and 923 misdemeanor sexcrimes in Brooklyn. Anyone with additional information on any of these attacks is asked tocall NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (577-8477). You can also submit ananonymous tip online by visiting:http://bit.ly/stopcrime
What is Public Sexual Assault & Harassment?
Inappropriate sexual behavior from lewd comments to groping, flashing and assault are adaily, global reality for women and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, andqueer) individuals. But it is rarely reported, and all too often has become culturally
accepted as ‘the price you pay’ for being a woman or for being gay.
Sexual assault and harassment includes but is not limited to the following:
Inappropriate, unwanted or forceful touching towards any gender
“Accidentally” brushing sexual parts of the body
Flashing or fondling private body parts in public places
Making unwanted lewd remarks,
sexual innuendos or sexually explicit gesturestowards any gender
Stalking and sexual assault