Category Archives: Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault In Chicago’s Wicker Park Neighborhood

There was a sexual assault early Monday (January 20, 2015) in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood.

According to Chicago Police, a woman was attacked as she was walking in the 1700 block of West Pierce Avenue at approximately 1:54 a.m.

At that time, the woman was attacked and tackled to the ground, and a man ripped her pants open and then sexually assaulted her near an alley.

The attacker ran from the scene after someone heard the woman’s screams and confronted the attacker.

The woman was taken to Presence Sts. Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center for treatment of her sexual assault injuries.

An excerpt from the January 20, 2015 dnainfo.com article titled “Wicker Park Sexual Assault Suspect’s Description Released“:

The assailant was described as a black man aged 25-40 wearing a dark coat and dark pants. The man stands between 5-foot-8 and 6 foot and weighs between 180-220 pounds. He might be armed with a handgun, police said.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this Chicago sexual assault can be seen in the dnainfo.com article seen above, as well as the January 20 Chicago Tribune article titled “Woman, 25, sexually assaulted in Wicker Park neighborhood.”

Attempted Sexual Assault In Chicago’s Logan Square Neighborhood

There was an attempted Chicago sexual assault Thursday morning (December 18, 2014) in the Logan Square neighborhood.

According to an alert from Chicago Police, the attempted sexual assault happened after a man grabbed a woman at approximately 8:15 a.m., as she was walking in the 2700 block of North Whipple.  The man grabbed her from behind, and forced her into a gangway.

Then, according to the Chicago Sun-Times article of December 19, 2014 article titled “Police:  Man tried to sexually assault woman during daytime attack in Logan Square“:

He then struck the woman in the head and face with a handgun and demanded money, police said. When she said that she didn’t have any, the man ordered her to remove her pants and he attempted to sexually assault her.

The ABC7Chicago.com article of December 19, titled “Man tried to sexually assault, rob woman in Logan Square near Whipple, Schubert, police say” provides this description of the suspect:

Police say the suspect is in his mid to late 20s, 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7, and had black hair with stubble on his face. He was last seen wearing a black and white knit stocking cap, a blue hooded jacket with grey sleeves, and blue jeans.

A picture of a suspect can be found in the two articles mentioned above.

Those with information concerning this attempted Chicago sexual assault and robbery are asked to contact Chicago Police Area North detectives at (312) 744-8200.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times and abc7chicago.com articles mentioned above.

Updated Statistics Regarding Sexual Assaults In The Military

Many people believe that sexual assaults in the military remains a highly problematical issue.  In this site, this sexual assault issue has been featured a number of times, including the March 12, 2013 post titled “Sexual Assaults In The Military.”

Recently there have been newly updated statistics released regarding sexual assaults and other unwanted sexual contact in the military.  The new statistics are discussed in a number of media sources, including the December 3, 2014 Washington Post article titled “Number of U.S. troops filing reports of sexual assaults rises 8% in past year” as well as the December 3 USA Today article titled “Reports of unwanted sexual contact in military drop 27%.”

An excerpt from the Washington Post article:

The number of military service members who reported that they had been sexually assaulted rose by 8 percent over the past year, according to a new Defense Department report that is sure to add fuel to a debate in Congress over whether the military is effectively prosecuting sex crimes.

Despite the climb, the Pentagon cited progress on a number of fronts in its report, an annual assessment of its efforts to prevent sexual assault.

For instance, on the basis of an anonymous biannual survey of service members, the military estimated that 19,000 troops were victims of “unwanted sexual contact,” a definition that includes a wide variety of offenses. That figure was down sharply from an estimated 26,000 two years ago, but back at roughly the same level that was reported in 2010.

The recently released statistics also indicate that the number of troops reporting sexual assaults has increased, which is being interpreted by some as an increase in the reporting of (alleged) sexual assaults, as opposed to an increase in the number of (alleged) sexual assaults.

Additional details can be seen in the Washington Post and USA Today articles mentioned above, as well as other sources.

Woman Sexually Assaulted In Chicago’s Douglas Park

There has been a sexual assault in Douglas Park (Chicago’s West Side) Monday night, November 10, 2014.

According to Chicago Police, this sexual assault happened at approximately 11:30 p.m., after a 33-year-old woman who was walking south on Kedzie Avenue near West 19th Street asked a man for directions.  After the man instructed her to walk through Douglas Park, he followed her, grabbed her, and put something – which the woman thought was a weapon – to the back of her head.  At that point the man sexually assaulted the woman, then fled the area.

The suspect is described as being a black male, 25-35 years old, 5’9″ tall, with a thin build, brown eyes, and black hair.

Those with information concerning this sexual assault  are asked to contact Chicago Police Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 12, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police alert after sexual assault in Douglas Park on West Side” as well as the November 12 abc7chicago.com article titled “Woman sexually assaulted in Douglas Park after asking man for directions, police say.”

Sexual Assault Along Chicago’s Lakefront

According to a Chicago Police alert, there was a sexual assault along Chicago’s lakefront Friday morning, October 31, 2014.

The sexual assault happened at 11:10 a.m., as a woman was jogging in the 5700 block of South Lake Shore Drive.

At that time, a man approached the jogger from behind and physically restrained her, and then sexually assaulted her.  According to Chicago Police, the rape happened in a “semi-secluded” area.

The assailant is described as a black male with medium complexion, 23-25 years old, 5’11”-6’00” tall, and weighing 150-160 lbs.  He had black hair with “twists” or short braids.  At the time of the sexual assault, the man was wearing a black and white camouflage zippered hooded sweatshirt, gray jeans and a dark knit hat.  The hat had long tie strings on each side.

Those with information concerning this Chicago sexual assault are asked to call the Chicago Police Area Central Detective Division at 312-747-8380.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 1, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man sexually assaults jogger on lakefront” as well as the November 1, 2014 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Sexually Assaulted While Jogging Along Lakefront In Hyde Park.”