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Boston police increase patrols after early morning sexual assault

Massachusetts residents understand that sexual abuse or assault can leave long-term and often indelible impacts on victims. Tremendous emotional trauma can affect someone’s ability to form trusting relationships and even lead to suicide in some cases. The impact is more devastating if the victim of the sexual assault is a minor.Recently, Boston police increased patrols in the North End after a woman in her 20s was sexually assaulted. The woman was reportedly approached by the assailant, shoved into a sheltered foyer and assaulted by a man in his 20s, who was described as clean-shaven and with spiked blond hair. The man took a cellphone photo of the victim before fleeing the scene. The assault victim suffered minor injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene. Surveillance footage from a nearby camera was reviewed by investigators but no obvious suspects have been identified. Although the area has had past reports of sexual assault, there have been no public warnings by police in the last year. The recent incident does not appear related to earlier cases.In addition to increasing patrols in the area, police are advising people to walk in groups, avoid unlit or dimly lit areas and refrain from being distracted by cellphones or other devices.With police increasing their patrols in the North End and investigators continuing to investigate the case, the culprit could be apprehended soon and justice provided to the victim.Any victim of sexual assault can consult a lawyer and find out about the options available to him or her for seeking monetary compensation through a sexual abuse civil lawsuit. In Massachusetts, a victim can file for restraining orders as long as the filing is within the statute of limitations: 3 years in the case of adults and up to age 21 in the case of minors. Source: The Boston Globe, “Police boost patrols in the North End,” Zachary T. Sampson, Feb. 17, 2014

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