UltraViolet on NYPD Captain Peter Rose’s Apology for Recent Sexual Assault Comments

For Immediate Release: Monday, January 9, 2017
Contact: Yasmina Dardari

UltraViolet on NYPD Captain Peter Rose’s Apology for Recent Sexual Assault Comments

NEW YORK — This afternoon, NYPD Captain Peter Rose tweeted an apology for his comments in a report from DNAinfo on the 62% increase in sexual assault in Greenpoint, Brooklyn reported over the last year. Rose blamed the lack of arrests on a distinction between what he refers to as “acquaintance rape” and “true stranger rape.” In the article, Rose also stated that the sexual assault increase is “not a trend that we’re too worried about because out of 13 [sex attacks], only two were true stranger rapes.”

Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, a national women’s advocacy organization who called on the NYPD to fire Captain Peter Rose for his “dangerous and unacceptable views,” issued the following statement in response to Rose’s apology:

“NYPD Captain Peter Rose’s words of apology are too little, too late. The 94th Precinct remains at the helm of a man who made deeply disturbing comments that distinguished between ‘true stranger rape’ and acquaintance rape. Rape is rape — full stop.

“While we are encouraged to hear Captain Rose affirm this basic fact, his dangerous dismissal of sexual assault is unacceptable and should disqualify him from serving the people of New York City.  The NYPD and survivors of sexual assault deserve more from their police captains.

“UltraViolet will continue to call for the New York Police Department to fire Captain Rose for his comments, sending a strong message to any law enforcement officer who might dismiss the seriousness of rape.”

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UltraViolet is an online community of over 1,000,000 women and men who want to take collective action to expose and fight sexism in the public sector, private sector and the media. Find out more at WeAreUltraViolet.org.