According to the NYPD, of the 166 rapes reported in the City of New York last year, 14 or 8.4 percent were committed by strangers in a taxi, livery cab, or for-hire vehicle. Additionally, the police investigated 1,439 reports of rape in 2015, a 6.3 percent increase from the 1,354 rapes reported in 2014.

From the brutal gang rape of an 18-year-old girl in Brownsville at the Osborn Playground located near Osborn Street and Hegeman Street in Brooklyn, to the woman followed then attacked in her West Village home and the serial slasher recently nabbed by police, violence against women in New York City is on the rise.

“When an 18 year old girl can get raped while walking with her Father in a park by five men in Brownsville, New York, we have hit an all time moral low in the City of New York,” said City Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, who is also chair of the Committee on Women’s Issues.

“I am outraged and every single New Yorker regardless of race, religion or gender should be outraged by what has happened not only to this young woman but was has happened to all of us because right now all women in New York City are more vulnerable than ever.”

Last April, Cumbo introduced a bill, Int 762, which would require all taxicabs, hail vehicles, liveries, black cars, and luxury limousines to have a panic button installed that would allow a passenger to send a distress signal to law enforcement.

This Sunday, at 4:00pm, Cumbo will join Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, Council Member Barron, elected officials, community leaders, and residents to call for the public’s cooperation to aid in the identification and NYPD apprehension of five men involved in the Brownsville rape.

And on Monday, January 11, 10:00am on the steps of City Hall, Councilmember Cumbo will call for the passage of legislation, such as Int 762, and the allocation of resources to end violence against women.

Anyone that has any information regarding any of these incidents, particularly the one in Brownsville, should call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.

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