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.
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.
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.