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NOW Wants New City Leadership To Crack Down On Crimes Against Women

Number Of Reported Rapes Up 57% Since 2009
New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio speaks as Bill Bratton, who he named to lead the NYPD, listens, Dec. 5, 2013. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio speaks as Bill Bratton, who he named to lead the NYPD, listens, Dec. 5, 2013. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – One group has called on New York City’s incoming police commissioner to do more to stop crimes against women.

As WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported, the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women wants the new administration to work to make the city safer for women.

Bill Bratton was appointed police commissioner last week by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. They’ll be sworn in on Jan. 1.

“Domestic violence is still widespread throughout our city regardless of neighborhood, regardless of incomes, regardless of race,” said NOW-NYC president Sonia Ossorio.

She notes that while the incidence of other crimes have gone down, reported rapes have gone up 57 percent since 2009. The NYPD receives about 600 domestic violence calls a day, the organization said.

“It is incumbent on the mayor-elect and on the incoming police commissioner to rebuild the public trust amongst women,” Ossorio told Miller. “How they investigation sexual assault, the reporting mechanism that’s in place, the education of police officers and how they interact.”

Ossorio said Bratton has been recognized for his leadership when it comes to building community policing. She said she hopes he brings the same innovation and effectiveness to protecting women.

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