NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) -- After a woman told police she was raped in downtown New London last month, the community reacted. Even local radio talk shows got in the conversation, demanding more police in the area.
Women News 8 spoke with say they feel safe in the Whaling City.
"I love New London, I walk everywhere, I feel safe," said Ronna Stuller.
"As a woman, young woman, walking around the city, do you feel safe," asked News 8's Nneka Nwosu.
"Yeah, absolutely," said Jodi Alberti.
Women and everyone in the area should feel a little safer, now that police say the rape allegations were fake.
During the investigation, police became suspicious of the victim's story. She provided limited information, making it difficult for a State Police artist to prepare a sketch of the suspect.
Then this week, the victim gave a new statement to police, saying the sexual act was consensual.
After it came to light that the allegations of rape may be untrue, many people in town say it just gave the city a bad name.
"I mean, I feel safe, because I know I'm smart about how I leave if I leave work or whatever," said Alberti. "But I also think someone lying isn't doing us any favors and is making us feel more unsafe than we need to."
Alberti went on to say, "No one, I think, will ever know what happened in that case."
Charges may be filed against the women for giving false statements to officers.
Though the investigation is closed, police say they will continue to look at all aspects of the case.
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