Park Slope Rally Calls Attention To Recent Brooklyn Assaults
Community members rallied in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday night to raise awareness about the series of sex assaults in their neighborhoods. NY1's Tetiana Anderson filed the following report.
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Striking back against violence, Brooklyn residents gathered in Park Slope on Wednesday night to promote peace.
"Women should feel that this is a safe neighborhood," said one rally participant.
The "Take Back The Night" rally was designed to make women feel more secure. It was in response to the growing number of sexual attacks against women in the last several months happening from Park Slope to Sunset Park.
To help prevent more attacks, police officers handed out pamphlets outlining safeguards against sexual assault. Local businesses also offered services for protection, such as free self-defense classes.
Police say there have been at least nine sexual assaults against women in the area since March, along with one rape.
"I'm am an old-time feminist, I'm an old lady, and I feel when one woman gets raped, every woman gets raped," said one rally participant.
New York City Police Department crime statistics for the 72nd Police Precinct show 18 rapes so far this year, compared to 13 from the same period last year -- a jump of more than 38 percent.
Police released two sketches of the men suspected in the recent attacks, seen above. Wednesday ralliers said they hoped people would get the message and stop the violence.
"I think it's important to not only send a message to the perpetrator, but to send a broader message to the community, people in this neighborhood, that together we won't accept these sorts of assaults," said a participant.
Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.