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Action Alert: NYPD Fakes Statistics, Downgrades Rape Charges


From Change.org's Women's Rights Blog 2:41 pm / 13 December 2010
by Amie Newman
In February, journalist Debbie Nathan was sexually assaulted in a New York City park. She immediately reported the incident to the police, who took the report, but purposefully and wrongly classified the assault as a misdemeanor. It was only after Nathan protested to the Manhattan District Attorney, who did his own investigation, that the incident was reclassified as a felony. According to the Huffington Post, "the six officers who responded to Nathan's attack admitted leaving key portions of her story out of the report."
Why would they leave out key portions of her story?

An investigative report by the Village Voice uncovered nothing short of a scandal. A series of articles exposed the New York Police Department's practice of consistently "undercharging" crimes in an effort to meet "performance measurements" (quotas are illegal) and make crime statistics appear more palatable. The manipulation of statistics was caught on tapes in which NYPD higher-ups can be heard telling street cops to downgrade crimes or simply not to report particular crimes at all.

Numerous courageous police officers have come forward to tell their tales of questionable police policies, such as retired detective Harry Hernandez, who details a harrowing account of police misconduct related to serial rapist Daryl Thomas. While NYC sexual assault prevention groups say that the issue of under-reporting and undercharging of crimes has been a "growing problem" over the last two years, these "shady police policies," writes Alex DiBranco on the Women's Rights blog, had particularly devastating consequences when Thomas was able to sexually assault six different women in a single neighborhood over a period of two months. He was on his way to a seventh when a "lucky break" fueled his capture by police. The brutal spree should have triggered alarm bells, but went unnoticed for so long because the NYPD kept downgrading the assaults to "criminal trespassing."

In other words, until exposed through a series of recordings as well as an FBI report, New York City police officers had been covering up sex crimes with the full knowledge and even the direction of their superiors. In fact, it seems likely it's still happening.

Change.org member Jaclyn Munson isn't willing to sit by and wait for the NYPD to take action voluntarily -- or not. She's created a Change.org petition to collectively raise our voices and demand change in the way sex crime statistics are handled by the NYPD.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. campaigned on an unfulfilled "promise" to release accurate and detailed sex crime statistics. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has is directing NYPD Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to investigate the corruption in his own department.

Do we take the Mayor, the Police Commissioner, and the DA at their words? Even while the cover-ups still seem to be occurring? It's clear that Bloomberg, Vance, and Kelly need strong encouragement to take immediate action to stop the downgrading and under-reporting of sex crimes in NYC. Honest reporting of crime statistics paints a realistic assessment of risk for women -- not false numbers and "juked stats." Join fellow Change.org member Jaclyn Munson and tell the NYPD that rape is a serious crime.

Village Voice: The Problems with CUNY's New Sexual Assault Policy


Please find below a link to a Village Voice article about the new Sexual-assault policy that I worked on for two years, along with another CUNY student.  Thank you!

The Problems with CUNY's New Sexual Assault Policy
Village Voice
... a BA/MA student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and Jerin Alam, an undergrad at Hunter College—approached the university to make a change. ...

Jerin Alam
National NOW Political Action Committee
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force 
National Organization for Women (NOW)

The National Organization for Women is the nation's largest organization working to advance women's rights and improve women's lives.

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Male Perspective: Tucker Max Can Eat Shit in Hell


Please read this hilarious and thoughtful post by Nathan Vladimirovich in response to the Village Voice article about the Tucker Max protest.

Some excerpts:
Just to clarify: I was not an "uncomfortable man" let that NEVER be said of me unless I am wearing all-cotton undies filled with chili sauce in a sauna. I was there completely of my own volition as an activist for the promotion of fair treatment in the media when talking about women.

Extremism actually KILLS THE EXCITEMENT!

Likewise, if you're Tucker Max or one of his drooling automata, eventually, you'll have to wake up and realize:
1. I'm not turned on by meaningless sex any more.
2. Women are not sex toys; they are, in fact, human beings with thoughts, feelings, and jobs that don't pay them as much as their male coworkers while at the same time objectifying them because THAT'S WHAT SELLS.

Posted by,
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Co-Chair

Village Voice Story about us: 16 Angry Women Attempt to Protest the World's Biggest Douche. Or, The Anti-Tucker Max Story, "I Hope They Serve Subpoenas in Hell"


Wow!  Our protest made it into The Village Voice!  What are your thoughts, especially on the angle the writer used?

16 Angry Women Attempt to Protest the World's Biggest Douche. Or, The Anti-Tucker Max Story, "I Hope They Serve Subpoenas in Hell"
By Mackenzie Schmidt in Events, Featured, Protest
Thursday, Oct. 1 2009 @ 2:30PM

Posted by:
Jerin Alam
National NOW Young Feminist Task Force
NOW – NYS Young Feminist Task Force Co-Chair