Occupy Protester Says Deaf Man Was Allegedly Raped

On Saturday, we noted the latest claim of sexual assault coming from the Occupy encampment in NYC (one of many reports coming out of the various Occupy encampments across the country). Now, according to claims made in a new video, we may be able to add one more to the growing list.

In a video posted on YouTube yesterday, a woman identified as an Occupy Wall St. protester in New York claimed that a deaf man was “raped” and that the incident might not have been reported to police. She also noted the rampant drug use making things unsafe.

“We’re trying to figure out what to do about [the drugs],” the girl begins in the video, and later hints that she’s part of the community affairs committee. “It’s putting all these people in danger–that, there’s sexual assault going on, we’re trying to deal with that … mostly drunk guys, going, groping girls, there was a guy that got raped, too, here–a deaf younger man.”

After the girl notes that there’s actually a place in the park for people to sleep under the watchful eye of others, the man interviewing her circles back around to the alleged rape:

Man: Did the guy, I mean, do these, did that get reported to the police, or did that stay inside the camp?

Girl: Well, OK, I’m not sure for that particular incident. Yeah, no I–that might have stayed inside the camp.

Later, she also recalls seeing a girl crying while saying that some guys tried to take advantage of her while sleeping.

Still, the alleged protester casts blame on the police, saying that they haven’t been responsive to some reports of abuse, including a woman getting punched in the face. However, she said that the organizers to encourage people to go to the police with claims of abuse.

You can watch the entire interview below:

Below is an excerpt from our earlier report noting the other instances across the country:

The report is the latest allegation of sexual assault to come out of the Occupy movement. Earlier this month, police were investigating after a 19-year-old woman attending an Occupy Cleveland rally said she was raped in her tent. Days later, police were investigating the possible sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl at Occupy Dallas.

Occupy Baltimore recently revised its sexual assault reporting guidelines after distributing pamphlets that discouraged victims from coming forward to the police. The pamphlets instructed victims of assault to report incidents to the “Security Team” which would “supply the abuser with counseling resources.”