Sex assault in N Portland is latest in series of attacks

Sex assault in N Portland is latest in series of attacks

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by Evan Sernoffsky, KGW.com Staff

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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 7:01 PM

PORTLAND – Two suspects sexually assaulted a woman in North Portland Wednesday, police said. The attack is the most recent in a string of sex assaults reported in the city over the past three weeks.

The 18-year-old victim told police she was assaulted near North Knott Street and North Mississippi Avenue. The suspects were described as a 6-foot-tall white man, and a 6-foot-tall black man with facial tattoos.

Wednesday’s attack comes one day after a woman was reportedly sexually assaulted at the east end of the Steel Bridge.

On Monday, a 16-year-old student reported getting sexually assaulted by a stranger while she was on her way to Parkrose High School in Northeast Portland.

On March 3, police released a sketch of a suspect who grabbed a 27-year-old woman in a parking garage at the Moda Center after a Trail Blazers game. The woman fought off her attacker as he pulled her toward a fenced area, police said.

None of the suspects in the attacks was arrested.

Police said even though there is an uptick in stranger-to-stranger sexual assaults in Portland, they are still rare. Police said anyone who is sexually assaulted should immediately call 911.

Sexual assault survivors can also call the Sexual Assault Resource Center of Oregon at 503-640-5311. Women can also take free self-defense classes with WomenStrength and GirlStrength. For information call 503-823-0260.

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