HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — A Houston woman said she was sexually assaulted and robbed in her apartment, and that her attacker may have been just 14 years old.
According to the Houston Area Women’s Center, 90% of these attacks are committed by someone who knows the victim.
In this case it was a stranger. That’s why people who lived near NRG Stadium said they are on high alert until Houston police find and arrest him.
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“I go to work, come home and when I get out I make sure I lock all my doors. I don’t come out. I don’t do all of that,” said Alicia Williams.
She’s only lived in the area for about a year, but news of an attack on an apartment complex nearby isn’t surprising.
A woman reported that a black man between the ages of 14 and 19 with short, spiky hair forced her into her apartment with a gun, sexually assaulted her, and then robbed her on Oct. 13. The alleged attack occurred near the intersection of West Bartell and Westridge in the mid-afternoon.
“There’s a lot of crime here anyway,” Williams said.
Data from the ABC13 Neighborhood Safety Tracker shows that the number of sexual assaults per 100,000 people in the 77054 zip code has increased since 2019.
The figure of 76.7 is much higher than the figure for the rest of the city, which is 68. Advocates for the Houston Area Women’s Center said safety practices can reduce risk, but prevention starts with conversations that can be had over the holidays.
“It’s a space and a time to recognize, as we gather with family and friends, how common sexual assault is,” said Aly Jacobs, the center’s director of counseling and advocacy. “It’s really a space to start those conversations about what a healthy relationship looks like.”
The Houston Area Women’s Center offers 24/7 support through their website and their hotline: 713-528-7273. They specialize in connecting survivors with the resources they need.
Houston police are still searching for the suspect in the October attack. There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Information can be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers.
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