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NYPD Tells Women Not to Tempt Rapist

Check out Bas Rutten's Liver Shot on MMA Surge: Since last March there have been ten incidences of attempted sexual assault and one rape in and around Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood. And some women who live there say police officers are telling them if they want to avoid being attacked, they should dress more modestly. The Wall Street Journal reports that women in the area dressed in shorts, dresses and skirts have been warned by the police that they're "exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting." One woman coming home from the gym in a pair of shorts in a t-shirt said an officer told her "such clothing could make the suspect think he had 'easy access.'" The New York Police Department's official position on the matter is that while their officers have cautioned women about the attacks, they're not dispensing fashion advice. They simply want to make sure that women in the area are aware of who this assailant is coming after. "Officers are not telling women what not to wear—there's a TV series that does that," Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne tells the Journal in an email interview. "They are simply pointing out that as part of the pattern involving one or more men that the assailant(s) have targeted women wearing skirts." But in Park Slope, which is famous for being liberal and feminist, the campaign has provoked fury. Jessica Silk, founder of neighborhood watch group Safe Slope, told the Wall St Journal that such a measure was 'completely inappropriate'. On her website is an open letter to the NYPD which states: "These messages place the blame on women, including the survivors of assaults, in our neighborhood. Women should be able to wear whatever they want without fear of violence. It is the job of the police to protect people from harm—not blame them for it." So what do you think? Is the NYPD just looking out for scantily-clad women who are vulnerable? Or are they being inappropriate with their remarks? Leave a comment below and let us know.
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