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Don’t be a bystander: Thoughts on the Logan Square rape and assault

As you may have heard, a woman was brutally beaten into an unconscious state and raped by 6 men, according to the Trib right next to the Congress Theater on Milwaukee Avenue.

As a single woman who lives, travels, walks alone in Logan Square, Wicker Park, Uki Village and throughout the city, the incident is terrifying and harrowing. The victim of this crime was found naked in a front lawn. Right next to the theater where hundreds of people were attending an event. At 9:30 PM! On New Year’s Eve!

No one saw this!? No one heard her? Right on the street? No one intervened? As I write this, tears come from my eyes because how disturbed I am. I know this isn’t the only case of violence to women throughout this city, but this one has hit home. It’s right in my back yard. My best friend lives right down the street.

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, and the best thing about that is you know your neighbors. They look out for you. Or so I thought.

Please. I beg you my fellow Chicagoans. Don’t be a bystander. Call the police. Do something. Yell. Scream. Get someone to help you. Just call 911. This is imperative.

Everyone knows the rules for safety about walking alone, going places by yourself, the standards of being alone. But at some point, you should be able to walk down the street and live your life. Look out for those around you and look out for your neighborhood. Don’t be a bystander.

My thoughts are with the victim. Be careful out there and take care of each other.

 Updated information here, 1/3/2012.

You know anything? Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Harrison Area detectives at 312-746-8252.


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