Woman Assaulted Near DuFour
Police are currently investigating a case of sexual assault that occurred near the DuFour Center on Monday night. The victim told police that the suspect approached her from behind while she was walking. He then pushed her to the ground and sexually assaulted her.
The incident occurred at about 11 p.m. on Monday, September 3 in the 400 block of Taylor Street near the 7-11 on Hawaii Avenue. Although the victim is not known to have any connections with Catholic University, the police are cautioning students to be particularly watchful while venturing around that area.
The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-20s, 5-feet 9-inches tall and 180 pounds. He was clean shaven, had short hair and wore a white t-shirt.
Along with this case, police are also investigating four reports of sexual assault within two weeks among George Washington University students.
Three female undergraduate students reported being sexually abused on or near the Foggy Bottom GW campus, according to the GW Hatchet. Of the three victims, one reported two separate instances of assault, both taking place at Townhouse Row, a collection of eight houses specifically built for Greek organizations at the University. These incidents occurred in the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, according to the Hatchet.
George Washington University Police Chief Kevin Hay said that, although the victim anonymously provided the police with limited information about the assault, the evidence suggests that the attackers were GW students.
The other two attacks allegedly happened on Wednesday at McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, a popular bar among Catholic University upperclassmen, and Sunday night in Georgetown.
George Washington University was quick to offer the victims counseling and health services.
“The George Washington University takes any allegations of sexual abuse very seriously, and each incident is being investigated,” said a University statement made to the GW Hatchet.