Several dozen protesters protested on Monday in front of the City Hall of New York to demand improvements in the fight against rapes in the Big Apple, a city that lives the paradox that although crimes have been reduced, those of a sexual nature have increased , so they ask for a greater endowment of the New York Police.
Specifically, in 2014, 1,352 cases of rape were recorded while these figures amounted to 1,755 last year, data that activity groups say amount to 5,000 cases, according to the New York Journal.
The protesters asked both Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo to take these crimes seriously, and demanded that the Special Victims Division of the New York Police Department introduce improvements in the resolution of cases, in prevention and in victim support programs.
“What we are asking for is to double the number of investigators in that unit, to be offered a truly complete training to treat the victims and not to be left aside,” said Jane Manning, director of the Project Womens Equal Justice .
“For many years, defenders who are leading issues against rape and other people have sounded alarms showing that the division (of the NYPD) does not have enough staff and does not have the resources needed, which has undermined investigations, retraumatized victims of rapes and affected public safety, ”said Gloria Steinem, leader of a feminist movement.
According to data that protesters revealed, while some 67 detectives handle 5,000 cases of rape victims, a special team of 131 uniformed officers is responsible for investigating 200 homicides, which they say is proof that rapes are not being seen as a concern by the local Administration.