Amid reported sexual assaults on Greenway, organization wants survivors to know there is help – WSOC TV

CHARLOTTE — A local group is making sure people know there are resources available after the sexual assault reported Wednesday on the McAlpine Creek Greenway.

Additional police patrols were at the park on Thursday after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say a woman was attacked and sexually assaulted. His attacker has not been arrested.

Jasmine Hensley of Safe Alliance said crimes like this can stir up many emotions in people, and she wants people to know there is help. The association helps victims of sexual assault.

“We get a lot of calls from people calling on their own, saying, ‘I witnessed this,’ or ‘I have a family member who was sexually assaulted,’ or whatever. it is of that nature,” she said. said.

Ruby Edwards said she walks the McAlpine Creek Greenway four times a week. It was only when she saw the Channel 9 crews on Thursday that she learned that a woman had been sexually assaulted by a stranger.

“Hearing that it happened here – and that’s the road I’m taking, it hits hard. It hits close to home. Like, fuck, it could happen to me,” Edwards said.

She saw the extra patrol and said while it eased some of her fears, it wasn’t enough to make her feel safe enough to stay on the trail Thursday.

“I feel like we should be able to be here, exercise and feel safe. That’s why it hit me hard. Now I’m scared. Now I’m scared of being here and walking and exercising when it should be my right to be here safe,” Edwards said.

Hensley, who is the hotline manager, said survivors or anyone affected are encouraged to call the organization’s hotline, even if it’s just to talk.

“Ask for help because that’s how you take your power back,” Hensley said.

For more information on Safe Alliance resources, Click here.

The CMPD said they were looking for a man with a build and height of around 5ft 6in. He is described as having braided hair and wearing black clothes. Police said the suspect may also have injuries to his face or hands from where the victim fought back.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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Aubrey L. Morgan