A New York police captain has apologized for insinuating rapes carried out by people they knew—which characterizes most rapes—were taken less seriously by authorities.
Greenpoint saw a 62 percent jump in sex attacks over the past year. Of the 13 rapes and attempted rapes that took place in the Northern Brooklyn neighborhood, police only arrested three suspects.
Attempting to explain this rise, Capt. Peter Rose, who leads the 94th Precinct, became mired in controversy after linking the low arrest rate to “acquaintance rape” and victims’ lack of cooperation.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports seven in ten rapes were committed by someone the victim knew. Conversely, RAINN found 28 percent of rapes were perpetrated by a stranger.
“Every rape should be investigated. I wish we could do more,” Capt. Rose told DNAInfo. The commanding officer received pushback by attempting to quell concern at a community council meeting by describing these crimes as “not total-abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the streets.”
Here are more of Captain Rose’s comments to DNAInfo.
“It really becomes a balancing act for the investigators. Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hookup sites, some of them were actually co-workers. It’s not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13 [rapes and attempted rapes reported], only two were true stranger rapes. […] If there’s a true stranger rape, a random guy picks up a stranger off the street, those are the troubling ones. That person has, like, no moral standards.”
In a statement posted to Twitter Monday afternoon, Capt. Rose offered his “sincerest apologies for the comments.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my apology for comments that I made at the 94 Precinct Community Council Meeting [on] Wednesday, January 4, 2017. I deeply regret the statements I made last week about rape. I failed to communicate accurately how I respond to reports of rape, and the actions the Department as a whole takes. My comments were not meant to diminish the seriousness.
“Every rape, whether it is perpetrated by a stranger or someone known to them is fully investigated. We make no distinction in our response. My comments suggested otherwise and for that I apologize.”