Angela: Brash sex assaults should put us on high alert
There have been 11 sexual assaults reported in New Orleans over the past 2 weeks.
The assaults are happening all over. Uptown, in the French Quarter, the CBD and Bywater... authorities are investigating everything from a reported kidnapping & rape; rapes and sexual assaults; attempted rapes and burglaries… attempted armed robberies and sexual assaults have dominated headlines lately.
These are very frightening situations that are happening all times of day and night.
What are NOPD and the city doing to protect residents coming and going to parking lots for work? Jogging or walking in their neighborhoods? Leaving restaurants in their favorite parts of town?
What are NOPD and the city doing to protect tourists and tourism, which is the life blood of the Crescent City?
Meanwhile what can women (and men!) do to protect themselves? Today I had the pleasure of interviewing NOPD Commander of the Special Victims Unit, Lt. Melvin Gilbert; Deputy Chief Kirk Bouyelas, who oversees sex crimes; and Vin Chary, senior instructor at Street Smarts Krav Maga (self defense).
We had a fascinating conversation about this disturbing trend and I'm sure you'll want to take a listen.
FULL AUDIO: Angela talks to NOPD officers, self-defense experts about sexual assaults