Sunday, July 15, 2012
Sexual assault complaints up
From the Daily News:
A sharp spike in reported misdemeanor sexual assaults in western Queens this year may seem at first a cause for alarm.
But lawmakers and crime experts suggest that the grim statistics could also have a silver lining — a greater willingness by victims to report crimes such as gropings.
The crime stats for the week ending July 1 in the 108th Precinct show a 125% jump in reported misdemeanor sex crimes compared to the same period last year, up from 16 to 36. Year-to-date hikes also jumped 50% for both the 110th and 115th precincts.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said that while the stats could mean more predators are on the loose, the more likely explanation is that victims are reporting the crimes at a higher rate.
“Most women before probably thought these were isolated incidents,” said Vallone, who heads the Council’s public safety committee.
Could the increase possibly be due to the influx of men from countries where this behavior is considered to be normal?