Madison
74° F
Scattered Clouds
Scattered Clouds
Advertisement

911 dispatcher tells rape victim to 'quit crying'

Published On: Aug 06 2014 06:42:57 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 13 2014 03:21:13 PM CDT
Police lights file

A 911 dispatcher is under fire after she told a sobbing rape victim to 'quit crying' during an emergency call.

The 20-year-old woman called 911 around 4 a.m. and said that she was staying with a friend at a house just off the Ohio State University campus. According to WSYX, the victim said she was woken up by a stranger holding a gun to her head and forcing her to perform sex acts on him.

The crying woman told the dispatcher the man broke into the house full of sorority girls and left after assaulting her and stealing items from the home. But she said she didn’t know her friend’s address, and asked if the dispatcher could locate where her phone was.

"No. We can’t. That’s why I need to know where you are," the dispatcher could be heard saying on the call.

The woman then provided a description of the attacker, to which the dispatcher responded, "Ma'am, you’re going to have to quit crying so I can get the information from you."

Later, the dispatcher said, "They're not going to be able to find him with the information you've given."

Upset, the woman replied, "Don't you understand how horrified I am? ... I don't know what you deal with every day, but the kind of sympathy you have is zero."

Police did end up catching and charging 30-year-old Michael Callaghan with rape and burglary in connection with the attack. A 911 supervisor told WSYX that the dispatcher could have been more empathetic, but the operator's main objective is to get information from the victim.

Listen to the call here.

Advertisement
  • Palin finger

    Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images

    9 notable Sarah Palin moments of 2016

    Sarah Palin has a distinct way with words. Since announcing her support for Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump in January, the former Alaska governor has routinely dazzled and dumbfounded observers at rallies and in interviews. Here are Palin's most notable moments in the last few months.

  • American flag hanging down

    Memorial Day by the numbers

    Memorial Day is a time to reflect on those who've died in service to the country while also being widely considered the unofficial start to summer for many Americans. Take a look at the numbers behind the holiday.

  • American flag, soldier's hat, Memorial Day, Veterans Day

    Karen Barefoot/SXC

    Memorial Day: A history in pictures

    As you wrap up the holiday weekend, look back at the history of Memorial Day through old and new images.

Advertisement