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The Dark Side of Occupy Wall Street

FOXNEWS.COM - A rash of reports of sexual assaults at Occupy Wall Street protests across the country has both police and activists raising red flags.

Nearly a half-dozen assaults have been reported at Occupy camps, including three at the New York City protests, which have prompted protesters to set up a "women only" tent in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to provide a safe haven.

"The concern would be the rapes and attacks that aren't reported," said Sgt. Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a police union in New York City. "We have no way of really knowing. If you have three or five crimes reported, you really don't know if it's eight or 10 that happened."

He also noted how young many of the protesters are.

"They are in the lion's den, so it's not surprising that they are more susceptible to crimes," he said.

The first reported incident occurred on Oct. 8, when a man was accused of sexually abusing a woman who was in a sleeping bag at Zuccotti Park. The victim did not report the incident until a few days later, when she saw the suspect, David Park, 27, at the protest site again.

Park, a Connecticut resident, had been arrested for disorderly conduct at a previous march, and he had numerous warrants out for him in both New York and his home state before the protests began.

Another incident was reported last week when a Brooklyn man, Tonye Iketubosin, 26, was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman in her tent at Zuccotti Park on Oct. 25.

Iketubosin, a volunteer at the Occupy Wall Street "kitchen," was questioned about the alleged rape of a second woman on Oct. 29.

Reports of sexual abuse also surfaced in Dallas, where a 23-year-old man was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old runaway girl, and in Cleveland, where cops opened an investigation of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred on Oct. 15. Click here to read more



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