By PIX11 NEWSROOM
3:15 PM PDT, September 30, 2011
PARK SLOPE, NY (PIX11)
Don't wear a skirt in Park Slope, women, it might just get you raped.
That is the message that NYPD officers are giving women in the posh Brooklyn neighborhood that has recently been plagued by sex attacks, according to reports.
A 25-year-old woman walking home from the gym Monday was stopped by a police officer who asked her if she knew about the recent attacks -- more than ten that have gone unsolved.
"He pointed at my outfit and said, 'Don't you think your shorts are a little short?'" she told the Wall Street Journal. "He pointed at their dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin." According to the young woman, who did not want to be identified, he told her, "You're exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting."
The advice is not going over very well with some women in the neighborhood, but the NYPD says officers are just informing residents of a pattern. "They are simply pointing out that as part of the pattern involving one or more men that the assailant(s) have targeted women wearing skirts," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told the Wall Street Journal in an email.
Women have been voicing their concern with the recent reports on Twitter: @annezelek tweeted, "Preemptive victim-blaming! Lovely RT @rackedny Cops in Park Slope telling women to dress modestly in wake of attacks."
Really, NYPD? This is how you're dealing with the Park Slope assaults? Ugh, tweeted @ami_with_an_i
Others point out that the news is especially ill-timed as it comes a day before the annual Slutwalk NYC, a Lower Manhattan march that is "a grassroots movement challenging rape culture, victim-blaming and slut-shaming, and working to end sexual and domestic violence," according to the website.
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