Reform demanded at NYPD’s Special Victims Division after disturbing report about sex assault victim

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NEW YORK — New Yorkers demanded reform at the NYPD’s Special Victims Division Tuesday in the wake of a disturbing report.

The report in the New York Times claims a detective encouraged a sex assault victim to drop her case. The suspect in the case later allegedly attacked and robbed several others. He is now behind bars.

Advocates for victims of sex crimes were fired up outside City Hall. They said was a series of mistakes by the Special Victims Division that allowed the suspect to dodge the rape charge even after his fingerprints were found on a condom wrapper inside the victim’s apartment

The NYPD’s Special Victims Division has been under scrutiny since 2018 when a report by the city’s Department of Investigation determined that sex crimes were not being adequately investigated.

In wake of the new claims, the NYPD issued a statement highlighting the “significant reforms” that have taken place since the DOI report, which includes leadership changes and enhanced staffing with dozens of new investigators.

The department maintains it is “committed to doing everything possible to ensure survivors of sexual assault feel the safety and support needed to come forward.”

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