Hudson River Park Rape Prompts Safety March
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After two very publicized rapes in two city parks City Council Speaker Christine Quinn led a march Monday to draw attention to park safety.
It took place in Manhattan's Hudson River park, the site of the most recent attack.
The New York City Police Department says while there's been an increase in the number of rapes in the city, in a majority of cases the victim knew their attacker.
They add rapes involving strangers are actually down by nine percent from last year.
Quinn says she will be organizing self-defense classes in both Hudson River Park and Central Park.
"They should feel confident about this park because there is a low level of crime. They should feel confident because when something happens, residents, the community board, the park, elected officials respond," Quinn said.
"We want to keep this park safe, it's a beautiful neighborhood, it's a safe neighborhood," said City Councilwoman Margaret Chin.
Police say a homeless man is facing charges for allegedly beating and sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman at Hudson River Park on Saturday.
His arraignment is pending.
Back on September 12, a 73-year-old was raped in Central Park.
A 42-year-old homeless man has been charged in that crime.