Student Sexually Assaulted On Esplanade, Thrown In Charles River

BOSTON (CBS) – Police are investigating reports of another sexual assault on the Esplanade that occurred early Sunday morning.

A man told a Boston University Police officer just before 3 a.m. that he believed a woman had been sexually assaulted on the Esplanade earlier in the night. That man said he came across the 20-year-old local college student, who told him that she had been assaulted and thrown into the Charles River.

By the time officers arrived, the woman had already gone home, but left her purse with the man who initially alerted police. Police then used her information to track her down at her home, where she refused medical attention and did not provide a description of the suspect.

Police are still investigating four sexual assaults in recent years, three of which that occurred on the Esplanade and one that occurred in South Boston, that are connected. The suspect in each of those cases was described as a clean-shaven African-American male in his mid-20’s to mid-30’s and standing 5’8″ – 5’10” tall. At the time of those assaults, he had a medium-to-large build and was bald.

Read: Esplanade Assault In April

Officials with the Mass. State police, Boston police and the Suffolk County district attorney’s office are all investigating. They have not determined whether Sunday morning’s incident is linked to the previous sexual assaults.

Anyone traveling along the Esplanade at night is urged to be vigilant and call 911 if they feel they are in any danger.

  • emom

    I MEAN NO DIRESPECT, BUT, why do women subject them selves to a potential harm, We hear it every year, monthly even seems like its weekly. PROTECT YOURSELF, but still people wonder into these areas alone and into dark areas and things seem to happen…. We can not protect everyone, we can not install camera’s everywhere, we can not say it enough.. I wish women would HEED these warnings and simply just stay away from these areas, especially at night.. AGAIN I am not bashing them simply trying to understand the logic , I just do not understand , Safety .. I hope she is ok, truly I do. I would never wish this on anyone, But wondering why we can not find a better way of protecting our selves.. College will be starting soon, and it would be wonderful if there were in some way some kind of message boards on campus or somewhere to alert students especially those that are not familiar with the area,,,, out of Towner’s are a bigger target …. Can anything be done to protect them better…. Lets find a way to protect the students.

  • christina

    fantastic emom, blame the women for the assault and not the man. Note pretty much everything in your post puts blame on the women. Why was she there? why didn’t she heed the advice? why can’t they protect themselves better?
    that is exactly the attitude that makes these women feel shameful for what happened to them.

  • B

    Exercise your amendment rights, get your license and a gun or at the very least some pepper spray.

    Christina, get a clue. It is not fair that there are people out there that want to attack women, but it is a reality. Where do these attacks occur? Not on busy roads in the daytime. It’s horrible and unfair that these people exist, but they do. The sun can cause cancer so you protect yourself from it, it’s unfair but it happens. Way to many women get attacked at night while walking alone, it’s unfair but it happens. All the vocalization about “not blaming women”‘may be fair, but it doesn’t hold water with some of the sickos out there.

  • christina

    Of course women need to be aware, but it the reactions of, “why was she there” etc that is unfair. There is so much blame put on women in this country, and the blame is hardly EVER put on the attacker. People’s FIRST reaction is to ask why she was there, rather than if she was okay. Also these attacks can oocur on busy roads during the day, just like most rapes occur with someone you trust and know. Just saying, think about what you say before you put it out there for the world to read. Rather than asking why this women was alone, why don’t you concentrate on trying to find the guy that did it.

  • adarc

    Gosh emom – I lived in Boston for years, and I had to work. My hours kept me out until 11 – 12 sometimes. It wasn’t ideal, but I had to pay the rent somehow. Since I didn’t live anywhere near any of my co-workers, I often travelled home alone. I couldn’t afford a cab ( and let’s be honest, sometimes you are safer on the T) – so what was I suppsed to do? Quit my job? Don’t be naive enough to blame the victiim. Sexual assaults can happen anytime, anywhere. For all you know, she wasn’t walking alone, it is entirely possible she was assaulted by someone who offered to escort her home. I know several girls who suffered that fate in college.

  • commonsense

    Men shouldn’t be RAPING how about that, at any of time of day in any location. Period end of story, no raping!

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