Boston Police were investigating a report of a robbery and a sexual assault at knifepoint that took place Sunday night in Dorchester.

Police responded to a call for a sexual assault at about 11 p.m. Sunday evening in the Dorchester Avenue and Harbor View Street area.

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A woman told police that a black man in his 20’s, medium build, short curly black hair and a small amount of facial hair pulled a knife on her and robbed her. Then he reportedly sexually assaulted her.  

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The Sexual Assault Unit is actively looking into the facts and circumstances in this matter. Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives at 617-343-4400.

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The following personal safety information was posted on the BPD blog:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. When possible, walk with friends and people you know.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles.
  • Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need assistance.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Before going out, call ahead to let friends or family know you’re on the way. Designate a time you expect to arrive, so that in the event you fail to show up on time, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts and know that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility.