Every woman should be aware of a few statistics when it comes to sexual assault. They should know that fewer than half of victims report the assault, they should know that only 3% of rapists ever spend a day in jail.
And this should empower them to stand up for themselves. To demand justice. To not stand by and become another faceless victim in an overwhelming sea of violence.
…of course, it doesn’t help that sometimes the police are totally complicit in the lack of justice administered to offenders.
Last week, a woman was walking home to her Manhattan apartment from the train, when she noticed a man following her. She thought she’d shaken him off, but he jumped at her and groped her. When she screamed, a male neighbor ran out of his home and chased down the attacker. They held onto him until the police arrived.
When the police got there, they interrogated him. For a few minutes. But when he made it clear that he had no intention of talking to them, they simply let him go.
Once they released him, they went so far as to claim that he had committed no crime because there was no victim.
…so attempted rape is a victimless crime.
Assault is assault, regardless of the sexes of the parties involved. And the victim, in this case, is incredibly fortunate to have been aided by strangers.
The NYPD should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.
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