Some rapes are worse than others.
That was the sentiment reportedly expressed about date rape by a Brooklyn precinct commander at a community meeting this week.
"They're not total abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the streets," Capt. Pete Rose was quoted as saying.
"If there's a true stranger rape, a random guy picks up a stranger off the street, those are the troubling ones," Rose said. "That person has, like, no moral standards."
Rose is the commander of the 94th Precinct in Greenpoint, where there was an uptick in rapes — from 8 in 2015 to 13 last year.
Of those 13 sexual assaults, 10 are still unsolved. Rose also suggested that it is because victims stop cooperating with detectives, according the website DNA Info.
“Some of them were Tinder, some of them were hook-up sites, some of them were actually co-workers. It's not a trend that we're too worried about because out of 13, only two were true stranger rapes,” Rose said.
The remarks drew outrage from city hall, even though Rose will not being disciplined.
“The comments by the Captain do not represent the views of the Mayor, our administration, or of an NYPD that is deeply committed to fighting for survivors of sexual assault,” Mayor de Blasio’s press secretary Eric Phillips wrote in a statement.
“Rape is rape, in New York City and everywhere else. The crime merits no moral qualification and does not involve shades of criminality or degrees of danger.”
But members of the force who know Rose say he is a well-respected commander who aggressively pursues all complaints.
"His statements don't correctly reflect how serious a crime this is and how seriously he takes them," said Roy Richter, president of the Captains Endowment Association.
"It was a pure misstatement. The words came out wrong and unfortunately they look even worse in print."
Public Advocate Letitia James is among those criticizing the captain’s comments.
"Rape is a heinous and brutal crime that should be treated as such, regardless of whether the perpetrator is a stranger or known by the victim," she said.
"Too often, victims of rape and sexual crimes do not come forward because of fear that their claims won't be taken seriously, and these comments perpetuate those concerns."
Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis, a police spokesman, said Rose’s comments didn’t properly explain the complexity of issues involved in investigating rape complaints.
"All complaints of rape and other types of sexual crimes are taken seriously whether they are committed by domestic partners, acquaintances or strangers," he said.
Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, a national women's advocacy organization, called on the NYPD to fire Rose.
"An increase in rape should alarm the NYPD and cause them to redouble their efforts to arrest rapists," Chaudhary said, "Instead, Capt. Peter Rose and the NYPD are engaging in victim-blaming of the worst kind while judging which rapes they deem to be legitimate and which they do not."
Davis noted the department has conducted outreach campaigns over the last three years to encourage additional reporting of rape and sexual assault from victims.Send a Letter to the Editor