The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is disturbed by an incident of sexual violence that occurred in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which occurred on Sunday, June 16th. According to local media source DNAinfo, a woman was raped at knifepoint on a Greenpoint sidewalk and, during the assault, the attacker stated "I'm doing this to you because you're gay." According to the same media source, the woman was treated at Woodhull hospital in Brooklyn.
The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) defines sexual violence as any non-consensual act, including any sexual act, attempted sexual act, sexual comments, or sexual advances by any person, in any setting, to which you have not given your consent (verbal and non-verbal).
The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) is investigating a report of sexual violence that happened Wednesday June 12th, at around 6:30 pm. According to multiple blog sources, including Gothamist, a 19 year old male was followed into Union Square Park's public bathroom by another man and raped in a bathroom stall. AVP is deeply concerned about this incident and we are reaching out to the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, the Office of New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and the NYPD's Special Victims Unit, as well as other community based organizations.
New York— The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) will hold a Press Conference on at 2pm today at 1 Police Plaza about a bias-motivated attack of Josh Williams, Ben Collins, and Antonio Maenza, three openly gay men in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn on Sunday, June 2nd by New York Police Department (NYPD) officers. The survivors reported that they were walking past the 79th Precinct when an NYPD officer accused one of the men, a person of color, of public urination and attacked him, throwing him against a police car. The officer was joined by other officers who also attacked the man, throwing him to the ground and pepper spraying him while he was in handcuffs. The survivor was handcuffed tightly, causing lacerations. The survivor's injuries were treated at a hospital, where he was again restrained with wrist and ankle cuffs. The group of officers also arrested the other two survivors. During the attack the survivors have reported that a NYPD officer used the anti-gay slur "faggot." AVP has obtained video of the assault from the survivors, which can be viewed here.
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