Organizer Shannon Clare said the intent was to say that everybody should be safe walking down Greenpoint’s streets.
“About a month ago, I was talking to a friend of mine that had moved here in October, and she said she was afraid to walk down Manhattan Avenue after all of the recent sexual assaults,” Clare said. “It really saddened me to think that this amazing community was getting to the point that women were fearful to walk down its main street.”
Clare said it’s been great to see people come forward.
“The only way we can change things is if we can come forward and work with the police and work with our elected officials to create the community we want,” she added.
Christopher Boissard, a 25-year-old deaf man who lives in Greenpoint, was arraigned on February 4 for forcible touching, harassment and other charges, stemming from several incidents around the neighborhood that led in part to the march.
He’s also facing charges of violating court orders. He’s being held at Rikers Island on $15,000 bail.
Lauren Katzman, the attorney representing Boissard through the Legal Aid Society, did not return a request for comment.
Greenpoint resident John Molloy commended the bravery of the victims for standing up
“It seems he doesn't care about the system,” Molloy said of Boissard.