Dear Police: All Rape Is Troubling. Sincerely, Women.

Alex Wroblewski for The New York Times

"Stranger rapes are the troubling ones."

Every 98 seconds, an American is sexually assaulted. 1 out of 6 women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. 33% of women who are raped contemplate suicide.

Police Capt. Peter Rose, head of the 94th Precinct in New York City's Brooklyn borough, recently made the distinction that he finds rape by strangers more troubling that rape, by say, acquaintances, friends, or Tinder dates. Stranger rapes, he explained, are the ones his department are going to be more focused on. I don't know about you- but being raped by someone I know sounds pretty disturbing. Hell, guys, let's go out on a limb and say being raped in general equally kind of sucks!

(Next time you ask a woman why she didn't report something to the police, please remember comments from officials like these.)

Here's what happened.


In a meeting of the community council regarding a 62% increase in rapes in the borough over the past year, Police Captain Rose said of the 13 cases of rape and attempted rape reported, ""It really becomes a balancing act for investigators. Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hookup sites, some of them were actually co-workers," Rose said. "It's not a trend that we're too worried about because out of 13 [sex attacks], only two were true stranger rapes."

Essentially, he believes that rapes by strangers should be prioritized over rapes by people you know.

So, if you are raped by your boyfriend? Date raped? If you say no and the guy keeps going? You're in bad luck. According to the police captain, "They're not total-abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the streets," Rose said. They're just kind of a bummer I guess! :(


According to the DNA website, these are just a few of the reports from 2015 and 2016 that have still had no arrests under his jurisdiction:

  • On Dec. 27, an elderly woman at a senior center said a man came into her home, ordered her pizza then raped her.

  • On Nov. 18, a 34-year-old woman who had been out drinking with coworkers was raped in her home after telling a male colleague he could come home with her and sleep on her couch, police said.

  • On June 14, a 27-year-old photographer told police she was on a shoot when her boss made advances and forced her to have oral sex.

We need to be taking rape--all kinds of rape---seriously. In an article for the New York Times, Jane Manning, the director of advocacy for Women's Justice NOW, explains that "Most rapists target women they know because they'll have a better chance to get away with it by claiming consent....The idea that acquaintance matters less is pervasive in our culture," Ms. Manning added. "Captain Rose was unfortunately saying something out loud that many, many people already believe."


The Captain has since apologized for his remarks and said both he and his borough take all investigations seriously. The NYPD issued a statement as well.

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