NYPD’s ‘short skirts could get women raped’ warning sparks outrage
New York: Women in the American city of Brooklyn have been left outraged after being told by some New York Police Department officials not to wear short skirts as it could get them raped.
Women are being warned they could grant a sex attacker ‘easy access’ with their provocative clothing and that they should change it.
Following ten unsolved sexual assaults in the area since March, male cops patrolling the streets have deemed leg-revealing outfits as ‘inappropriate,’ and gave ‘advice’ that short skirts should not be worn.
The advice has provoked fury among women living in Park Slope in Brooklyn, New York, which is famous for being liberal and feminist, the Daily Mail reports.
Jessica Silk, founder of neighbourhood watch group Safe Slope, told the Wall St Journal that such a measure was ‘completely inappropriate’.
“There have been reports that the women attacked were all wearing skirts. Unfortunately this might be a common link between the women that were attacked but the message shouldn``t be that you shouldn``t wear a skirt,” she said.
“The message should be that, ‘Here are ways that you can protect yourself’,” she added.
Another women Lauren told how she and other two women were stopped by a cop for wearing shorts.
Lauren claimed he asked if she knew about the sex attacks and when they all replied yes he ‘pointed at their outfit and saying, “Don``t you think your shorts are a little short?”
The officer then said that they were ‘exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting’.
NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, however, denied his officers had become the fashion police.
“Officers are not telling women what not to wear - there``s a TV series that does that.
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,” he said.