January 12, 2016
Brooklyn, NY – New York Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo, Chair of the Committee on Women's Issues, issued the following statement after an 18-year-old girl was brutally attacked at gunpoint by five men and raped in the Osborn Playground located in Brownsville section of Brooklyn.
When an 18-year-old girl can get raped while walking with her father in a park by five men in Brownsville, New York, we have hit an all-time moral low in the City of New York. I am outraged and every single New Yorker regardless of race, religion, or gender should be outraged by what has happened not only to this young woman – but to all of us, because right now women in New York City are more vulnerable than ever. To add insult to injury, NYPD Commissioner Bratton's response to the escalation of violence against women in cabs was for women to utilize the 'Buddy System.'
If a father cannot protect his own daughter in this day and age then it is obvious that the so called "buddy system" is sexist, antiquated and an insult to women throughout New York City. We do not need a buddy system. Every woman in New York City has the right to feel safe and protected at all times within the greatest City in the world. What we need is a strategy, resources, manpower, enforcement and a plan to keep every single woman in the City of New York safe. We want and desperately need your support in apprehending these individuals that committed this heinous act. These individuals do not deserve to live amongst us in this society and should be captured and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
In 2015, the police investigated 1,439 reports of rape, a 6.3 percent increase from the 1,354 rapes reported in 2014. From the brutal gang rape of an 18-year-old girl in Brownsville and the murder of a pregnant woman whose body was found hidden in a basement crawl space, to the woman followed then attacked in her West Village home and the serial slasher recently nabbed by police, violence against women in New York City is on the rise.
Anyone that has any information regarding any of these incidents, particularly the one in Brownsville, should call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.