Thursday, March 20, 2008

Another rape in Van Dyke Houses

From WCBS TV― The NYPD is investigating a possible sexual assault at a Brooklyn housing complex. This is the second incident inside the Brownsville complex this month.

Members of the police department are under fire for missing the first attack, despite the more than 200 security cameras stationed around the complex.

The latest attack in the Van Dyke housing complex has people on edge. At 1:30 a.m. Thursday, a woman was sexually assaulted at 414 Sutter Avenue. Her attacker is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans, dark boots and dark hat. The suspect escaped from the roof of the building.

Earlier this month in the same housing complex, a man was caught on surveillance cameras following a woman off the elevator. The suspect then forced her into a stairwell at knife-point and raped her. Police have released a sketch of the suspect.

Two police officers, who said they patrolled the stairwells after the first attack, were stripped of their guns and badges and face disciplinary action for allegedly lying about looking for the rapist. Cameras showed they did not perform a sweep of the building.

Police do not know if the two incidents are connected, but hope one of the building's more than 200 surveillance cameras will help lead them to identifying a suspect in this second attack.


1 comment:

erin said...

Hearing things like this just makes me sick.

As someone who's job is to help prevent rape and sexual assault on women it eats me alive inside anytime I hear of something like this happening.

On of the main problems with rape is that most of the rapists are never caught; only about 6% will ever spend a day in jail for their crime. And that is only of the reported rapes and assaults (nearly 60% of rapes and assaults are never reported)... so I am sure most people get behind me in my frustration with the two police offers who did nothing to try and apprehend a possible serial rapist, but instead lied about doing a sweep of the building.

Granted I will not place all of the blame on them... moreover it is the person who is committing these violent crimes that is at fault. What drives a person to rape? What is so wrong with their mind that they can justify ruining some girls life in order for them to get their rocks off? You'd think this kind of sick sadistic person would be a rare encounter, but sadly that is not the case. According to RAINN (Rape, abuse and incest nation network) 1 in 6 women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime meaning every 2 minutes someone in the US is sexually assaulted.

This kind of victimization must stop! This problem can no longer be viewed as only a problem for women. 99% of rapists are men, thus only men have the power to stop rape from occurring. These women being raped are your mothers, your wives, your duagther, your sisters, your aunts, your friends and your co-workers... but the same thing goes for those who are performing the assault... these are your husbands, your fathers, your brothers, your sons and your friends. This problem is no longer a problem that is specific only to the victim... this is a problem that is specific to the whole of humanity and it will only stop when the whole of humanity starts to realize that.