I have to agree with many women who live and work in the Saratoga Springs area and who have expressed outrage at the police department's unwillingness to release information at the time of a September 1st rape on a city street. The police felt they didn't have enough information and that the lack of an exact location of the rape, the lack of a really detailed description of the assailant, etc. meant that actually telling people about the rape would create chaos and confusion.
I believe the police had enough information.
A woman had been raped on a Saratoga city street in the early morning hours on September 1st.
This is all I would need to know to take additional precautions to prevent this from happening to me or someone I love.
Saratoga Police Chief Chris Cole says now that a public statement at the time of the rape might have been appropriate.
One of the police officials was quoted in the Saratogian yesterday as saying that women should not walk alone at night.
Yes, please, blame the victim.
We know there is an added risk in walking alone at night. But there are times in all of our female lives when we do walk alone. Circumstances arise. We have no one at the time. We need to get from Point A to Point B. So, we walk.
But it does help if I know a rape has just occured in my town. I will become more aware, more cautious and, where I might not have called a cab to drive me home before, under this circumstance, I would make the call and pay the money to get a ride.
When will the police learn not to be afraid of information? Not to be afraid of the STEREOTYPICAL woman--not the REAL woman--who they fear will become panicked? It's insulting. Women are no different than men in regard to taking in information, analyzing it, and coming up with their own plan to protect themselves.
I say, in the future, the police should make a statement. So what if they don't have all the facts. The simple fact of the occurence of rape in a local town might save someone else from suffering the same fate.