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Rape by strangers triples in city

More women are reporting rapes this year than last, and the number of rapes committed by strangers has nearly tripled, according to new data obtained by Metro.

More women are reporting rapes this year than last, and the number of rapes committed by strangers has nearly tripled, according to new data obtained by Metro.

Of reported rapes to the NYPD through April 10 of last year, 15 were committed by a stranger, according to the police. This year, 44 of the city’s rapes so far were committed by strangers, police said.

The majority of rapes are committed by someone the victim knows — a friend, boyfriend or an acquaintance, said rape counselors.

Allie, 23, is one of thousands of New York women recovering from rape.

It happened when she was 19 and a Columbia University student in Spain. She was drugged at a bar, and woke hours later to two men assaulting her.

“I don’t know if it was a mixture of fear or drugs, but I couldn’t move for a few hours, or what felt like it at least,” she told Metro.

Officials are responding to the increase in sexual violence.

Today at a sexual assault speak-out featuring survivors’ stories, the Brooklyn district attorney’s office will announce a new program to help victims recover from the trauma. Just this month, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly added 30 detectives to the Special Victims Unit.


Follow Alison Bowen on Twitter @AlisonatMetro.

 
 
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