The WSJ wrote:According to Lauren, the officer asked if they knew what was going on in the neighborhood. When they answered in the affirmative, he asked if they knew what the guy was looking for.
"He pointed at my outfit and said, 'Don't you think your shorts are a little short?'" she recalled. "He pointed at their dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin."
He said that such clothing could make the suspect think he had "easy access," said Lauren.
She said the officer explained that "you're exactly the kind of girl this guy is targeting."
The assailant(s) aren't targeting women wearing shorts. The officer makes comments about the absolute sluttiness of the clothes, rather than the assailant(s) preferences. If easy access is the reasoning then the whole short shorts thing is pure slut-shaming.
Just because the idea of informing people of the victim profiles (and therefore hopefully of risk factors) isn't bad doesn't mean that some cops weren't slut-shaming dicks about the whole thing. The highly dismissive commentary of the NYPD spokesman certainly didn't help matters.