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Homeless NYC Teen Says He Was Raped in Union Square Bathroom

A 19-year-old homeless teen says he was raped in a restroom in NYC's Union Square early Thursday morning, A Walk in the Park reports:

UnionsquareThe victim claims the assailant followed him into the male bathroom and attacked him inside a stall according to the police.

The incident occurred on Wednesday evening at approximately 6:30 pm between E. 16/17th Street on the east side of the park near Union Square East. 

According to police the victim said he was "In fear for his safety."

The victim is being treated at Bellevue Hospital according to law enforcement sources.  Police describe the suspect as a white male approximately 25-years-old who was known to the victim from Union Square Park.

The NYPD told Gothamist there is an open investigation but wouldn't comment.

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  1. If the person is known to the kid, then why isn't their name and photo released, as what would have happened if the person reporting the rape was a female accusing a male?

    Posted by: Zeta | Jun 14, 2013 9:27:00 AM


  2. @Zeta: NYPD is not treating this case as seriously as they would treat other cases because the victim was a homeless teenager. Violent crimes against homeless people happen daily -- usually a number a times a day -- in NYC's shelters and are summarily dismissed by NYPD because NYPD didn't want the crimes showing up in their ComStats. The only reason this crime even got addressed is because it happened in a public park. Don't expect NYPD to do aggressive follow-through in redressing it.

    Posted by: William | Jun 14, 2013 10:53:40 AM


  3. What William said.

    Homeless are one of the invisible people in our society. Nobody takes homeless advocates seriously, politicians see zero sum gain from promoting funding for homeless projects, and police automatically write off most homeless crimes.

    As for why public shelters are so dangerous, it's because by law they must take anyone in, including violent and predatory ex-cons, non-sober, etc., And they aren't legally allowed to segregate groups. Ask 'progressives' why this is the case.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 14, 2013 11:53:25 AM


  4. "As for why public shelters are so dangerous, it's because by law they must take anyone in, including violent and predatory ex-cons, non-sober, etc. ..."

    This is absolutely untrue. The OPPOSITE of true. Pure ANTI-TRUTH.

    Just try getting into a shelter while intoxicated.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 14, 2013 4:03:41 PM


  5. "William,"

    THAT IS BOLOGNA!

    THIS NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD WAS NOT RAPED. HOMELESS PEOPLE CAN GO TO AN EMERGENCY ROOM. THIS YOUNG MALE COULD HAVE BEEN EXAMINED FOR FORCED SODOMY.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 15, 2013 1:36:19 AM


  6. MR.HORTON..you seem so sure in denial that something occured..unfortunately we live in a world where people think the worst and will argue the most in defense of those around us.
    We are in a sad state when we cant even hope to have those that might understand us the most our gay brothers and sisters that might have the smallest amount of sympathy for what we might encounter or feel..being a gay individual in a world designed and defended as ultimately straight..the youth of the world are the ones that we should hope will be the ones that we can look to to carry our world to the next level in hopes that one day being gay isnt a tag of being different..it is people like you MR.HORTON that scream and cry the loudest when something affects you directly and its people like you that scream and cry the loudest whhen something doesnt..maybe for a change your screams and cries should be of sympathy for someone that has made a claim of hurt..because they claim it..wether or not you beleive it..tho you have nothing to base your claim that it didnt

    Posted by: darren | Jun 15, 2013 8:29:17 AM


  7. @MateoM,

    PUBLIC shelters must accept everybody. They're what's know as 'wet' shelters, also, i.e. you can show up non-sober.

    Private shelters such as Salvation Army, etc. can be far more picky, and are.

    Posted by: ratbastardw | Jun 15, 2013 9:02:07 AM


  8. "darren,"

    I - LIKE, MOST MALE HOMOSEXUALS WHO "CRUISE" - KNOW HOW HOMELESS MALES "OPERATE." ANY LOGICAL PERSON WOULD WANT TO KNOW HOW THIS YOUNG MALE AND HIS "attacker" GOT INTO THE SAME STALL. MALE HOMOSEXUAL "CRUISERS" KNOW THE RECEPTION OF FELLATIO IS AN EASY WAY FOR HOMELESS MALES TO RECEIVE MONEY FOR ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jun 18, 2013 4:35:37 AM


  9. Christopher--

    First of all, it is common knowledge on the Internet that TALKING IN ALL CAPS IS BOORISH AND RUDE.

    Secondly, let's say, for the sake of argument, that the teen thought he'd make $20 by blowing the dude. Does that mean he's given up all rights not to offer his ass up to anyone who demands it? Lord knows I've blown a lot of people who were in no way invited to do more. You have absolutely no right to categorize this boy by your stereotypes and generalizations--whether or not they have a basis in fact.

    Posted by: Paul | Jun 24, 2013 9:48:03 PM


  10. Oh my goodness. I just Googled you. Never mind. Clearly no point in having any sort of rational discussion with you.

    Posted by: Paul | Jun 24, 2013 9:49:47 PM


  11. "Paul,"

    YOU MISUNDERSTOOD. THE HETEROSEXUAL HOMELESS-MALE IS THE ONE WHO RECEIVES FREE FELLATIO A-N-D MONEY FOR ALCOHOL/CIGARETTES.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:28:53 PM


  12. BY-THE-WAY

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:31:42 PM


  13. "Paul,"

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:31:48 PM


  14. NCE

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:31:51 PM


  15. ELESS

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:31:54 PM


  16. LTERS

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:31:58 PM


  17. VE

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:32:01 PM


  18. COMMUNITY

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:32:06 PM


  19. OWERS

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:32:11 PM


  20. BY-THE-WAY, "Paul," SINCE HOMELESS SHELTERS HAVE COMMUNITY SHOWERS WITH NO PARTITIONS, MALE HOMOSEXUALS WHO STAY AT SHELTERS USUALLY KEEP THEIR SEXUALITY "QUIET" - UNLESS, THEY COME ACROSS A HETEROSEXUAL HOMELESS-MALE WHO HAS NEVER RECEIVED FELLATIO AND WANTS TO HAVE THE EXPERIENCE. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE FOR HETEROSEXUAL NEGRO-MALES WHO CAN NOT FIND FEMALES TO PERFORM FELLATIO.

    CHRITOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:36:24 PM


  21. SORRY FOR THE MIS-POSTS. AS I HAVE TOLD HIM BEFORE, Andy Towle NEEDS TO REMOVE HIS RESTRICTION TIME FOR TYPING. WHY HAVE AN Edit Icon IF PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO PROOFREAD.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    Posted by: CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTONSTOPHER ALLEN HORTON | Jul 2, 2013 10:43:21 PM


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