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Enforcement against Sex Crimes Fails at All Levels in New York  

Author:  Roslyn Myers, PhD, JD.

Source: Volume 14, Number 03, Winter 2022 , pp.65-79(15)

Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly

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New York is going through a kind of inverse renaissance in its role as a modern thought-leader in challenging areas of crime and public safety. Legislators, district attorneys, and other elected officials are admired for their dedication to keeping pace with evolving social standards, and the NYPD serves a model around the world for law enforcement techniques and counterterrorism practices, but when it comes to protecting the public from sex crimes or vindicating victims, New York City and State officials at every level seem to be operating in the Dark Ages. This article examines the practices and deficiencies in New York’s sex crime enforcement, with a special focus on the New York City Police Department and charges of indifferent or incompetent investigations, low clearance rates, and charges of officer-on-officer and officer-on-victim rape. It also summarizes recently proposed changes to New York law with regard to incapacity and consent, and sex between officers and persons in custody.

Keywords: NYPD Sex Crimes Unit; Statutory Rape by NYPD Officers; Rape of Female in Custody; NY Statutory Definitions for Rape and Consent

Affiliations:  1: Editor, Sex Offender Law Report.

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