Make a public safety notification regarding the 9/1/12 rape that occurred.
  • Petitioned Saratoga Springs Police Department

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Saratoga Springs Police Department

Make a public safety notification regarding the 9/1/12 rape that occurred.

    1. brooke mcconnell
    2. Petition by

      brooke mcconnell

      saratoga springs, NY

http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2012/10/04/news/doc506e380ac7195427902951.txt

We, the members of the Saratoga Springs community, demand a more comprehensive explanation of the decision to not alert the public to the details of the September 1st rape at the corner of Lake and East Avenues. Despite the fact that the case was (and remains) unresolved, the public was not alerted to the crime until two weeks after it occurred. Police Chief Cole's November 5 explanation of why the public was not alerted earlier is not satisfactory. Releasing information about the crime would have only served to protect the public, not create "chaos" as the police department has suggested. Until the suspect is in police custody, we feel that all women in this community are potentially in danger and further demand that a public notification to that effect be made without delay. We demand that the police in future follow common sense safety protocols such as releasing a description of the crime & the suspect to ensure public safety is protected.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Sexual assault forum news (part II)

      brooke mcconnell
      Petition Organizer

      onversation that can lead to awareness and understanding, rather than anger.”

      A number of groups and individuals have agreed to attend, including Public Safety Commissioner Chris Mathiesen, Police Chief Christopher Cole, and Maggie Fronk of Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County. Representatives from Saratoga Hospital’s emergency room have also been invited, and a representative from the Saratoga County District Attorney’s office will also take part in the conversation.

      In addition, groups working on this issue will have information tables set up and representatives available to answer questions.

      For those who cannot make it to the event, Saratoga Wire will be streaming it live on its website, and will also provide an audio recording after the event is finished.

    2. Make your voice heard! Please attend upcoming sexual assault forum

      brooke mcconnell
      Petition Organizer

      PRESS RELEASE
      Sexual Assault Discussion to be Held at City Hall

      November 30th, 2012
      Debate over a recent sexual assault in Saratoga and the city’s response to the attack has been underway throughout the city for the past few weeks.

      In response to that debate, Saratoga Wire is hosting a Community Forum on Wednesday, December 5th, from 7-9pm, in the Music Hall on the third floor of City Hall.

      “It’s our hope,” says Saratoga Wire Managing Editor Dale Willman, “that this forum can help begin the healing process in the community around this issue.

      By bringing together the police, representatives of groups that deal with sexual and domestic violence, and members of the community, we want to have a c

    3. Meeting with SSPD and Public Safety Office (part II)

      brooke mcconnell
      Petition Organizer

      We were incredibly pleased with his sincere and proactive response to this petition and would like to thank him for his cooperation and communication.

      We feel that this should be an ongoing conversation and should include you, the signors of this petition. We will be in touch shortly about a public forum regarding this incident. The forum will provide an opportunity for you to discuss this issue openly in a civic forum with the Public Safety Commissioner's office and the SSPD. We will be encouraging your participation and will get you the details as soon as we know them.

    4. Meeting with SSPD and Public Safety Office (part I)

      brooke mcconnell
      Petition Organizer

      The originators of this petition were invited to sit down with Police Chief Cole, Deputy Public Safety Commissioner Finnerann and Public Safety Commissioner Mathiesen this Friday to discuss our concerns. We felt the results of that meeting were quite productive and would like to share them with all of you who have signed this in the last week.

      Chief Cole responded to the concerns of those who signed this petition quite seriously and has taken comprehensive steps towards addressing them. He will be meeting with the Domestic Violence Rape Crisis Center, Saratoga Hospital and District Attorney Jim Murphy next week to examine the procedures the SSPD has in place for dealing with sexual assaults and how and when a notification is made to the public. Chief Cole has also agreed that in retrospect a more general notification could have been made to the public following the reported rape.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Reached 200 signatures
    7. Article featuring response from Chief Cole on our petition.

      brooke mcconnell
      Petition Organizer

      Saratoga Springs Public Safety commissioner, police chief say Sept. 1 rape case details too vague to release to public

      Monday, November 12, 2012

      By EMILY DONOHUE
      edonohue@saratogian.com
      Twitter.com/SaratogianNews

      SARATOGA SPRINGS — Despite some public criticism, including an online petition, city Police Chief Christopher Cole said Monday that he stands by his department’s decision not to issue a formal press release about a rape reported in the city Sept. 1. Cole also further clarified the circumstances that led to the decision.

      Keep reading: http://www.saratogian.com/articles/2012/11/12/news/doc50a1b8d04299c589145006.txt

    8. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Tracy Everleth SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      Because I am a woman.

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    • Eileen Block BALLSTON SPA, NY
      • almost 2 years ago

      My 16 year old daughter and her friends walk around Saratoga Springs 'unchaperoned'. This is important to every citizen!!

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    • Kristen Stearns SARATOGA SPRINGS, CT
      • almost 2 years ago

      I don't think ANYONE you could ask would say it was okay for the police to fail to report this occurrence. Communication is a huge part of public safety, especially between town officials and the public.

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    • Margaret Waterman CONCORD, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Skidmore College student.

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    • lily manganiello SARATOGA SPRINGS, UNITED STATES
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am extremely disappointed but not at all surprised at the efforts (or lack there of) of the Saratoga Police department. Not only did they de-legitimize the very real occurrence of brutal sexual violence but they actually had the nerve to recommend (not for the first time might I add) that women "use more common sense" and "take more personal responsibility" to avoid being raped. I continue to have less and less faith in the criminal justice system.

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