Police in Brooklyn Reportedly Saying Ill-Considered Things About Skirts and Sexual Assault

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There have been ten unsolved sexual assaults in the South Slope area since March. That's a troubling stat, and so the NYPD has stepped up patrols in the neighborhood as a response. That's great! Less great is this:


According to [a neighborhood woman], the officer asked if they knew what was going on in the neighborhood. When they answered in the affirmative, he asked if they knew what the guy was looking for.

"He pointed at my outfit and said, 'Don't you think your shorts are a little short?'" she recalled. "He pointed at their dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin."

He said that such clothing could make the suspect think he had "easy access," said Lauren.

She said the officer explained that "you're exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting."

The NYPD swiftly responded to the The Wall Street Journal:


"Officers are not telling women what not to wear — there's a TV series that does that," quipped Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne in an email. "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."

You know, I really want to upbraid Paul Browne right here: Making light of a situation like this? Seems like he's asking for it.

A Thin Line on Skirts [WSJ]