Outrage: 911 Dispatcher Tells Rape Victim to ‘Quit Crying’
A 911 dispatcher told a rape victim to “quit crying” after she called to report that she was just sexually assaulted at gunpoint.
On the 911 tape, the woman can be heard crying as she tells the female dispatcher that she was woken by a man in her friend’s dorm and he forced her to give him oral sex at gunpoint.
He then reportedly stole her cash an iPhone and fled the dorm at Ohio State University.
The dispatcher asks the distraught 20-year-old where she is but she’s visiting from out of town and doesn’t know the address. She asks the dispatcher if they can just trace the call and the dispatcher impatiently replies “No. We can’t. That’s why I need to know where you are.”
When the woman gives a description of the man and begs the dispatcher to send officers immediately, she replies “Ma’am, you’re going to have to quit crying so I can get the information from you.”
When the woman says she isn’t sure how the rapist got into the house, the dispatcher says “well, they’re not going to be able to find him with the information that you’ve given.”
The woman replied “Don’t you understand how horrified I am? I am a 20-year-old from Upper Arlington. I don’t know what you deal with every day, but the kind of sympathy you have is zero.”
Police did go on to catch the rapist, identified as 30-year-old Michael Callaghan (pictured above), and have charged him with rape and burglary.
Authorities say the dispatcher could have handled the call “better” but will not be reprimanded.
911 Dispatcher Chief Lt. Marc Doff told WSYX “we want dispatchers to be empathetic but at the end of the day we have to get [the victims] help.”