Residents rally against gender violence after attack on teen
Residents rallied Monday evening to say they are reclaiming the space where a 15-year-old girl was attacked by a would-be rapist.
They say the attack, which occurred Friday at the Gun Hill Road subway station, is a reminder of the hatred aimed at women. They say they are demanding that the safety of women become a priority in the Bronx.
Shawn Lewis was arrested and charged with rape, strangulation and endangering the welfare of a child in the attack on the teen. According to police, the victim met Lewis after coming home from a friend's house in Staten Island.
They say she was then attacked near Bronx River Park and was found by someone walking in the area.
Police say Lewis sexually assaulted her, kicked her in the head and knocked out some of her teeth.
Rally organizers say they hope their actions can raise awareness about gender violence and continue the conversation on how to end it.