This Tuesday, Rally in NYC to Demand That Our Leaders Take Rape Seriously

woman with child speaks out at last rally

We’ve written previously about the infuriating acquittal of two New York City police officers for rape. You can read more information about the case here, and about the protest here.

This Tuesday June 28th, we are holding a follow up rally at the Manhattan Supreme Court, where the sentencing of ex-NYPD Officers Moreno and Mata – who were found guilty of official misconduct but acquitted of the more serious crime of rape – will be held.

Come out to show your support and solidarity for justice and for taking rape seriously.

Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

And even if you can’t attend the rally, sign the petition on to show your solidarity.

You’ll remember that the officers were convicted of official misconduct for making three unauthorized return trips to a woman’s apartment, even placing a phony 911 call to buy themselves more time inside the residence of a helpless person they had been dispatched to protect. Ex- Officer Moreno, while denying the rape allegation, actually testified that he got into the semi-conscious woman’s bed while she was wearing nothing but a bra.

This outrageous conduct was a clear betrayal of the officers’ duty to protect this member of the public. Their misconduct leaves NYC women forced to wonder whether a police officer called in a moment of need will be a protector or a predator. Sign the petition to Justice Gregory Carro to ask that he sentence Moreno and Mata to the maximum of two years for their official misconduct charges.

Join the Rally on June 28 to Demand:

* The maximum sentence for ex-NYPD cops Moreno and Mata
* NO MORE sexual assault, sexual harassment and disrespectful behavior by the NYPD
* Full funding for programs to end violence against women!
* NYC & the justice system Take Rape Seriously!
* Safe Homes, Safe Streets, Safe Communities & a Safe City!

Subway: 4, 5, 6 to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall | J, Z to Chambers St. |

N, R to City Hall

Connect the Dots is a coalition comprised of CONNECT, Crime Victims Treatment Center,, National Organization for Women (NOW-NYC), The Healing Center, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault and Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN). We are a diverse NYC based coalition of advocates and organizations working to prevent violence and sexual assault in our city and promote women’s health and rights. Along with NYC Council members, activists and survivors we are coming together to “connect the dots” between the sentencing of Officers Moreno and Mata, and the larger issue of Violence Against Women!

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Lori Adelman started blogging with Feministing in 2008, and now runs partnerships and strategy as a co-Executive Director. She is also the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, where she promotes meaningful youth engagement in international development efforts, including through running the award-winning Women Deliver Young Leaders Program. Lori was formerly the Director of Global Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and has also worked at the United Nations Foundation on the Secretary-General's flagship Every Woman Every Child initiative, and at the International Women’s Health Coalition and Human Rights Watch. As a leading voice on women’s rights issues, Lori frequently consults, speaks and publishes on feminism, activism and movement-building. A graduate of Harvard University, Lori has been named to The Root 100 list of the most influential African Americans in the United States, and to Forbes Magazine‘s list of the “30 Under 30” successful mediamakers. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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