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Second Loyola Woman Sexually Attacked On Winthrop In Past Two Weeks

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A second female Loyola University student has been sexually attacked on the 6300 block of N. Winthrop in Edgewater in the past two weeks. The most recent incident happened around 10:35 p.m. Sunday night at 6313 N. Winthrop Ave., by Seattle Hall.

According to a crime alert sent out by Joe Bogdalek, Deputy Chief-Campus Safety, the woman was walking southbound on Winthrop when she saw two unknown males leaning up against a fence. As she passed by, one of the men began to grope her. The student continued to walk south until she reached home where she contacted campus security.

One of the men was a male, 20–25 years old, 6’1,” and 150 pounds, wearing a red-striped tank top and cargo shorts. The other man is described as a male, in his 20s, 5’10,” and 200 pounds wearing a black shirt, black shorts, and a black baseball cap.

The other attack occurred on Sept. 7, 2016 around 1 a.m. on the 6300 block of Winthrop near Simpson Hall.

In that attack, the woman was approached from behind by a man who was riding his bike. The male suspect then groped the woman. She was able to break free and fled to the residence hall where campus security was notified of the attack. The suspect fled on Winthrop.

The suspect in the Sept. 7 attack is described as a male around 20–25 years old, approximately 5’7,” and 160 pounds. He is reported as having medium-length black hair and a black beard and was last seen wearing a black headband, t-shirt (color unknown), cargo shorts (color unknown), and a black and gray backpack. The offender was riding a light gray bike.

In a DNAinfo story, Steven Christensen who is a spokesman for Loyola said, “Our Department of Campus Safety has police officers and security officers patrolling our Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses within our extended boundaries in both marked and unmarked vehicles, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We work closely with the Chicago Police Department. Our officers have regular contact with our local districts and access to CPD’s zone frequencies (radio), which we monitor. On campus, we have an extensive closed-circuit video network.”

The University plans to address these and other campus safety concerns from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Damen Student Center. According to the University, “The event offers an opportunity for students to talk with Campus Safety about crime prevention tips as well as current crime trends. SGLC will facilitate the conversation and offer issues and concerns they have collected from the student body. This event will be the first of many designed to address safety, as it is of the utmost importance to the Loyola community.”

The American Association of University Women reports that one in five women is the target of a sexual assault while in college.


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