Sunday, September 11, 2011

Park Slope Area Safety Update & Advice

As most people in the area have heard, there have been a string of sexual assaults and attempts in the South Slope area and surrounding neighborhoods and the police seem to be focused on a single suspect. Councilman Lander's website has some important and helpful information regarding the investigation and what we can do to protect ourselves and our neighbors from such attacks:

There are several upcoming meetings to discuss these incidents and a community response:

On September 13th, the 72nd Precinct is holding its monthly precinct community council meeting. This is your opportunity to speak directly to those responsible for keeping us safe. The meeting will be at 7:30 PM at Marien Heim Center at 4520 4th Avenue.
On September 14 at 8:00 PM, Safe Slope, a new organization of members of our community, has organized a Take Back the Night rally to show our collective resistance to sexual assault. I will be there and I hope you join me. The rally will be at Prospect Avenue and 4th Avenue, by the R train stop.

Safe Slope is also seeking volunteers to help ensure that women and LGBTQ people in our neighborhood have safe spaces to go to or people to walk with if they feel threatened. If you would like to help, contact

  As much as we would like to rely on the police, they cannot be all places at all times and an attacker is unlikely to make an attempt with police in sight, so we need to do what we can to protect ourselves and neighbors.  Councilman Lander's website  has information on several upcoming self-defense seminars that will be held locally in the near future.