The Capital: Where Women Fear to Tread


Walking her two dogs in Washington's Rock Creek Park at 8:30 one recent morning, the 48-year-old wife of a State Department official was seized by four Negro youths, dragged behind a wall, and raped by three of them (the fourth held the dogs).

During the twelve-month period ending June 30, there were 162 sexual assaults in the District of Columbia. This figures out at 20 per 100,000 population—roughly double the national average. Last month a teen-age Negro hid behind a stairwell door in the State Department Building, grabbed a 40year-old secretary around the breasts in broad daylight, fled when she...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!