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Behind NYC's Rise in Reports of Rape
The Brian Lehrer Show Published on: January 8, 2019
Mary Haviland, executive director of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault, talks about the rise in reports of rape and sexual assault in NYC, running counter to trends in other violent crimes. Read More
NYPD Reassigns Special Victims Detectives, Frustrating Advocates
Gothamist Published on: November 23, 2018
After a department-wide "reorganizing", advocates learned that certain specialized detective units in the Special Victims Department were being reassigned. “We as a community are hoping for organic additions to the department,” said Christopher Bromson, executive director of the Crime Victims Treatment Center, a non-profit that helps sexual assault survivors. “Additions, not reshuffling.” Read More
Campus sex-assault victims, betrayed: Reject Betsy DeVos' overhaul of Title IX
NY Daily News Published on: November 18, 2018
This opinion piece details what anti-violence advocates see as serious flaws in Trump and DeVos' proposed changes to campus sexual assault policy, especially Title IX. According to the op-ed's authors, "These proposals undermine critical protections for survivors and have a serious chilling effect on the reporting and adjudication of sexual violence. They must be rejected." Read More
Police Chief Who Led Weinstein Investigation Ousted in Shake-Up
New York Times Published on: November 16, 2018
The police commander who led the effort to arrest Harvey Weinstein has been ousted from his longtime position as the head of the Police Department’s special victims division in a major shake-up that comes as the department’s handling of sex crimes is facing increased scrutiny and criticism. Read More
NYPD shakes up Special Victims Division — reassigns Deputy Chief Osgood to Staten Island
New York Daily News Published on: November 15, 2018
“We’re losing a very innovative, creative leader around sexual assault,” said Haviland, Executive Director of the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault. “I think (it) has much more to do with the fact that Deputy Chief Osgood has been pushing NYPD leadership to increase resources and increase the skill level of those in the division.” Learn more by reading the full article. Read More
Today, Be Kind to Yourself
New York Times Published on: September 28, 2018
The Kavanaugh-Blasey testimonies have stirred up painful memories for many. Here’s what you can do about it. Read More
Sexual Assault Hotline Reports Call Increase After Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing
Pix 11 Published on: September 28, 2018
In response to the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, both national (RAINN) and local NYC (Safe Horizon) sexual assault hotlines reported that calls were up by nearly 150 percent. According to Alliance Executive Director, Mary Haviland, "The good side [about the Blasey-Ford testimony] is that it has really revealed the complexity of sexual assault cases." Read More
Why ‘Law & Order: SVU’ Matters
Rolling Stone Published on: September 27, 2018
As the show kicks off its 20th season amid the maelstrom of the #MeToo movement, Rolling Stone examines its impact on the cultural conversation around sex crimes. Read More
Why Are Reports of Subway Sex Crimes on the Rise?
CityLimits.org Published on: August 22, 2018
The number of reported sex crimes in the New York City subway system increased last year for the fourth year in a row—an uptick attributed to a rise in public awareness that’s led to more victims coming forward, experts say. Read More
What New York's Teens Are Learning About Sex, Consent & Rape
Gothamist Published on: July 27, 2018
Sex ed is more important than ever in a time when Roe v Wade might be on the chopping block, New York doesn’t even have strong abortion protections, abstinence-only education is being shoved down people’s throats, and the Trump administration is cutting grants for teen-pregnancy education programs. But sexual education is also a political and cultural minefield, one that can be taboo and confusing. Read More
Rape Victim Advocates Get a Role Alongside the Police
New York Times Published on: June 27, 2018
After an NYPD review of shelved cases found that 60% of these sexual assault cases, in which a crime was eventually determined to have been committed, had instead been labeled "unfounded", police Commissioner at the time, John Timoney, began inviting advocates to review the cases and this "advocate audit" continues to be implemented. The Alliance's Mary Haviland would even like to see it expanded to DA's offices as a way to encourage them to pursue rape cases. Read More
NYC Alliance Against Sexual Assault: Let’s Not Leave Any Survivor Behind
Huffington Post Published on: June 23, 2017
This survivor’s story provides many opportunities: to make our hospital response the best it can be for the survivor in the circumstances, to offer assistance and healing services, to utilize trauma focused methods of investigation and prosecution, to change our laws to rid it of obstacles to prosecution, to change attitudes that excuse and minimize the harm of sexual assault, and finally, so importantly, to ramp up our prevention efforts so that perpetrator behavior is stopped before it starts and when not, bystanders regularly intervene to protect. Read More
Child Rape Survivors Flood Brooklyn Bridge
Huffington Post Published on: June 7, 2016
Hundreds of survivors of childhood sex abuse and their families and friends were joined by advocacy organizations from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania on June 5th to march across the Brooklyn Bridge to demonstrate broad public support for Assemblywoman Margaret Markey’s Child Victims Act. Read More
#WeStandUp | Social Workers for Survivors of Sexual Assault
Social Work License Map Published on: April 11, 2016
The Alliance Assistant Director of Intervention Programs, Josie Torielli, participated on a podcast for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The podcast outlined the sexual abuse and recovery of a survivor who experienced multiple traumas. Josie provided information on recovery and therapeutic process. Read More
NYPD: Old cases reported in 2015 lead to spike in yearly rape stats
NewsDay Published on: December 16, 2017
An increase of rapes in New York City this year is being fueled largely by crimes that occurred as far back as 30 years ago but are being reported for the first time by victims likely emboldened by publicity over allegations like those facing actor Bill Cosby, according to police and a victim’s advocate. Read More
Rape Reports Increase in Chelsea
New York Press Published on: November 17, 2015
Crime statistics in Chelsea show a 150 percent rise in reports of rape in the neighborhood, but it’s unclear whether attacks are increasing or if the spike is attributable to more victims coming forward to report the crime. Read More
HERE AND NOW ON AUGUST 9, 2015: PART 1
ABC Published on: August 9, 2015
Here and Now host, Sandra Bookman, spoke with Alliance Assistant Director of Intervention Programs, Josie Torielli, about the women who have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual violence and why survivors of sexual trauma might not immediately report their assault. Read More
Manhattan ‘Gentleman Groper’ Cops Plea, Is Sentenced To Therapy
CBS News Published on: May 2, 2013
The man accused of being the “Gentleman Groper” has accepted a plea deal. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that Paul Kraft pleaded guilty to five counts of forcible touching in a creepy crime wave that had women from the Upper East Side to Lower Manhattan on edge. Read More
Boro Precincts Report Big Spikes in Rape
New York Daily News Published on: May 15, 2013
Rape is on the rise in the Bronx. Seven out of the borough’s 12 police precincts are reporting shocking increases in the heinous crime over the first four months of the year — even as the crime rate overall is dropping. Read More