Thursday, July 7, 2011

Rapes Spike in Crown Heights

Posted By on Thu, Jul 7, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Park Place, in Crown Heights
  • Park Place, in Crown Heights
Six rapes were reported over 11 days in June within a 16-block area of Crown Heights, the Brooklyn Paper reports. The 77th Precinct reported the highest number of rapes in the city, and a threefold increase from last year, with incidents from Washington Avenue to Ralph Avenue, from Pacific Street to Eastern Parkway. "Two of the six cases were 'stranger rapes,'" the Paper reports, "three occurred between family members or friends, and one relationship is unclear."

Four rapes—the second highest number in Brooklyn—were reported in the 67th Precinct in June, which covers East Flatbush. Police say that rapes increase as the weather gets warmer.

UPDATE: As Mike Conklin pointed out in the comments below, the original image used to accompany this story was grossly inappropriate and represents a grave error in judgment on the part of Mr. Stewart. Although the pace of daily blogging is such that there's very little in-the-moment editorial oversight, a mistake like this should never happen. I apologize on behalf of The L Magazine for this misguided attempt to inject irony into such a devastatingly serious story.

Two of the sexual assaults occurred in the part of Crown Heights bordering Prospect Heights, which realtors notoriously attempted to redub "Pro-Cro." "As brightly lit restaurants sprout and 20-somethings move in," the Paper writes, "neighborhood newbies must navigate an area that jumps from trendy to scary in in just a few blocks." Geez, that's a loaded sentence.

Anyway, police recommend women stay aware of their surroundings—and off cell phones—and mix-up their routes from the subway to home. One longtime local told the paper that the best defense was a dog. "Get yourself a dog?" asks one commenter. "No way honey. Get yourself a gun!"

"Cases involving family and friends are more difficult to prevent," the paper reports, "but it helps to keep alcohol out of the picture."

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