Watch Badass New York City Council Member Shut Down Victim-Blaming On CNN
Last Thursday a father and his 18-year-old daughter were having drinks together in Osborn Park in Brooklyn, when they were approached by five teenage boys who threatened to shoot the father if he stayed in the area. They proceeded to rape the daughter at gunpoint.
The father said he didn’t have a working phone on him at the time of the attack and went into a nearby bodega to get help, but people in the store refused to call the police, claiming the father was drunk and incoherent.
According to CNN reports, by the time officers came to the scene, the rapists were gone and his daughter had suffered cuts to the arms, knees and neck. She was reportedly drunk and shaken up, and she was immediately transported to a hospital.
On Sunday night two of the teen attackers turned themselves into the police, and two more were apprehended.
In a recent video report on CNN, New York City Council Member Laura Cumbo shut down a reporter who went on an irrelevant trail of questions that essentially victim blamed the 18-year-old-victim. When the reporter focused on the young woman’s inebriation and her resistance to police officers after the attack, Cumbo immediately pointed out the victim-blaming in those statements:
“That’s typical of just what I spoke about: that individuals often talk about the woman; they rarely talk about the individuals who actually committed the rape. Those are the individuals that need to be focused on right now. We shouldn’t talk about whether she was drunk, we shouldn’t talk about whether she was properly dressed, we shouldn’t talk about the time of evening that it happened. That is too typical of how we discuss rape in the city, the nation, and really, the world. We need to focus in this situation on those five individuals that committed this heinous crime and what were the bad decisions that they made all throughout the day.”
YES. Hell yes, Cumbo! She also pointed out the racialized reactions to the rape, concluding that regardless of circumstance or place, rape is never okay: “Whether you are on the Upper East Side or in Brownsville, all women matter, and we’re here to make sure that message is sent loud and clear.”
Mic drop. Watch the full interaction below: