BROOKLYN - Brooklyn officials are expanding the "Safe Stop Program" in response to the string of sexual assaults in the borough.

The program is aimed at providing people with a safe and easy-to-find place to go if they need help. Participating businesses are identified by a sign and workers must undergo a background check before the location is approved.

The expansion will now include the Sunset Park, Park Slope and Windsor Terrace areas. Several medical facilities, including Lutheran Medical Center, are also being added as places offering emergency assistance.

The initiative was launched this past summer in the Borough Park area by the Brooklyn district attorney's office following the disappearance and murder of Leiby Kletzky.

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