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Rise in East Harlem sex crimes prompts safety campaign

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April is National Sexual Assault Awareness month. With statistics showing the number of reported sex crimes in the rise in East Harlem, a safety campaign has been launched to help keep women safe.

According to the New York City Council, there was a 35 percent spike in misdemeanor sex crimes compared to the same time period two years ago in the NYPD's Borough Patrol Northern Manhattan.

In East Harlem's 25th Police Precinct, sexual assault complaints spiked by 333 percent over a two- year period; there were 13 complaints in 2013, compared to 3 in 2011.

"The spike in sexual assault complaints in East Harlem is alarming," said Council Member Lappin. "We're empowering New Yorkers, whether they're a victim or a bystander, to stand up and speak out to stop harassment."

A sexual assault includes groping, flashing or fondling of body parts, and other types of unwanted sexual contact.

To keep safe, consider the following safety tips:

  • trust your instincts
  • plan your route in well-lilt areas
  • be alert of your surroundings
  • hold your house key in your hand before you reach the door
  • don't be afraid to yell and make a scene

If you experience or witness a sex attack, you are encouraged to call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, or submit an anonymous tip online by visiting www.nyc.gov/nypd.

In addition, the Hollaback organization offers a website, nyc.ihollaback.org and smartphone apps where New Yorkers can anonymously share their story.

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