Subway Perverts: New York City’s (Mildly) Persecuted Sexual Orientation?

The mild way subway perverts are prosecuted shows how the disease model, in redefining “criminal justice,” sacrifices victims.

The New York Daily News uses the term “subway perverts” for one of the few sexual orientations that isn’t permitted a pride parade… yet. Men who victimize women by ambushing to masturbate in front of, or even on, are a known hazard of using the subway.

There is a whole collection of footage of subway perverts caught in the act on YouTube.

And even though this is a crime with many victims, everyone treats the criminal as someone who shouldn’t serve hard time because “it wouldn’t make them better.” Rather than exploitative victimizers they are treated as victims in need of “treatment.” Thus, the city brings upon itself repeat offenders and more victims.

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The whole city is sick!

The New York Daily News reports, “How NYC is dealing with the growing number of serial subway perverts.

The NYPD opened a total of 376 cases in 2017, a whopping 27% increase from the 296 recorded the prior year.

The complaints have been rising steadily over the past 10 years, according to police data.

Last year’s total represents a 98% jump from 2012 — and a nearly 120% increase from 2007.

Experts say the spike is likely fueled in part by a glut of serial public masturbators who have received little to no treatment.

“The urge to act out sexually is so strong that it almost becomes compulsive,” said William Ford, co-founder of Mustard Seed, a community-based organization that treats deviant sexual behavior.

“These guys are repeat offenders and they have hundreds of victims.”

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The crimes typically fall under the charge of public lewdness, a class B misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of up to three months imprisonment or one year probation.

The maximum penalty is tougher — one year behind bars — for suspects charged with the crime after receiving a conviction that same year.

A spokesman for the city Health and Hospitals — which oversees medical care for inmates — said it delivers “appropriate treatment” for prisoners with issues that include impulse control.

[…]

“It’s not an easy problem to solve,” said Matthew Galluzzo, a former Manhattan sex crimes prosecutor-turned-defense lawyer.

“If judges and prosecutors start insisting on more jail, it would take them off the streets and subways for longer, but it wouldn’t make them better.”

Offenders who plead guilty are increasingly being sent to mandated treatment programs rather than to jail.

But the system is uneven and the stints in treatment are often too short to result in effective rehabilitation, experts say.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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