Following a month in which no incidents of indecent exposure were
reported, higher than usual numbers were reported in April. Police,
though, say the incidents are unrelated.
Six reports of a man exposing himself were filed in April, police
said. Nearly all of the instances involve a man inside a car pulling
up alongside a woman or girl, exposing himself and driving away. The
victims have all been females between 14 and 36.
While the frequency of the incidents is unusually high, Sgt.
Bruce Speirs said it does not appear that one person is behind the
“We have different vehicle descriptions, different suspect
descriptions and the targeted victims are not of one particular
category,” he said. “Nothing points to one individual or group of
The six exposures is nearly double the monthly average for 2002,
when 44 such crimes -- or 3.7 per month -- were reported.
Victims of indecent exposure don’t always report the incidents,
which can be a traumatic experience, especially for women who have
been sexually assaulted, said Jennifer Luck, spokeswoman for the Los
Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women.
“On the continuum of sexual violence, it may be at the front end
-- but it is still a form of sexual assault,” she said.
Speirs said it is difficult to arrest those suspected of indecent
exposure for a variety of reasons. Because victims tend to look away
after such an incident, police rarely get accurate suspect or vehicle
descriptions, he said.
Most who expose themselves do so far outside their own community,
Speirs said, adding that when police do get an accurate vehicle
description they rarely encounter the culprits again.
Anyone who has been the victim of an assault can call the
commission at (626) 793-3385.