Tony Herbert Joins Community Leaders to Encourage Residents to Come Forward with Information After 20 year Old is Raped in Brownsville Says Mayor’s Policies are Making New York City Unsafe for Women
Who: Tony Herbert, Founder, Advocates without Borders and Candidate for Public; Bishop Willie Billips; Reverend Duane Loadholt, Living Water Christian Center, Brooklyn, Residents of the Brownsville Community
What: Community leaders call on Brownsville residents to come forward with any information they may have about the rapist who attacked a 20 year-old woman in Betsy Head Park. They also want Mayor to do more to keep women safe.
Said Tony Herbert, Founder, Advocates without Borders and candidate for NYC Public Advocate, “Mayor de Blasio is telling us that crime is down, but last night another woman was raped in a New York City Park.
“The most recent NYPD crime statistics show that rape is up by approximately 30% from last year. While the Mayor wants us to believe that the rise in the number of rapes is because more women are coming forward to report the crime, women across New York City will tell you that they feel unsafe.
“If the Mayor took the time to ask women whether they feel safer today than they did a decade ago, the majority will tell him that they don’t. With a soaring number of mentally ill sleeping in parks, train stations and bus stops and with judges releasing suspects back into the community without bail, women are more fearful that they will become a victim which greatly impacts their quality of life.
“Women are being advised to keep themselves safe by: hiding their jewelry when they are in the subway or walking alone; taking out their earbuds and hiding their phones; jogging with a buddy or moving in groups when walking in dimly lit areas. In short, women are being told that if they want to be safe they need to alter their lives. That is totally unacceptable/!
“Telling women to change their behavior in order to stay safe is tantamount to telling them that they are at fault if something bad happens. The Mayor needs to recognize that his decision to stop arresting individuals for low level crimes is negatively impacting the quality of life of all New Yorkers – most especially women.
“We are here today to call on the community to come forward with any information they may have about the rape so the police can get this criminal off the street. We are also calling on every New York City judge to think about the victims before releasing suspects accused of violent crimes back onto the street. We should not be placing the onus for public safety on women who are merely going about their daily business.”
WHEN: TODAY – Sunday – December 2, 2018 – 2pm
WHERE: Intersection of Dumont Avenue and Herzl Street | Betsy Head Park