Did you report a sexual assault to the police? Then read this…
Did the NYPD fail to investigate your assault?
The silence has been broken. This year, thousands of survivors of sexual assault have bravely come forward to expose sexual predators, and institutions that allow them to keep their power, sweeping their secrets under the rug.
Police departments across the United States have seen a surge in sexual assault reports following the Harvey Weinstein exposé in what has been dubbed the “Weinstein Effect.”
Yet, the ability of police departments to investigate these crimes is questionable. A recent Department of Justice investigation of the Baltimore Police Department revealed detectives were dismissive of sexual assault survivors, with one officer even asking a woman, “Why are you messing that guy’s life up?”
In January of this year, when Captain Peter Rose of the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint, Brooklyn was asked about the rising number of reported rapes in his precinct, he said it was a trend he was “not too worried about” because “they’re not total abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the street…that person has like, no moral standards.”
New York City’s elected officials leapt to condemn Rose for his remarks. Nothing changed. A few weeks ago, Rose was promoted. But his comments remain indicative of a culture within the NYPD, one that does not take rape, especially acquaintance rape, seriously.
I’ve been investigating how the NYPD responds when survivors come forward to report sexual assault. I’m looking to speak with anyone who feels the NYPD did not fully investigate their report, did not investigate their report properly, or did not take them seriously or mistreated them in some way when they made the report.
If you have reported your assault to the NYPD in the past decade and feel that they did not investigate it properly, and would like to share your story with me, please feel free to get in touch by email: [email protected]. I’m a journalist currently getting my master’s degree in investigative journalism at Columbia. If you wish to remain anonymous, your identity will be protected.