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Community Alert Issued Following Alleged Sexual Assault in Fenway Area

UPDATE: As of September 20, a suspect has been identified in connection to the sexual assault on Queensberry St, according to the Boston Police.

On September 16, a community alert was posted on the Portal and emailed to students informing them of an alleged sexual assault on September 15 at around 12:30am in the Fenway area of Queensberry St.

“Upon arrival, officers spoke to the victim who stated that a suspect forced her into her apartment then sexually assaulted her. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid-twenties, approximately 6’0” tall with a medium build and scruffy shadow growth on his face. The suspect was wearing a gray hoodie, dark jeans, and black sneakers” the alert states.

The Boston Police Sexual Assault Unit is currently investigating the alleged assault, and those with any information are urged to contact the detectives directly at (617) 343-4400.

The alert also provides tips for personal safety when walking at night.


  • Always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. When parking, walking or returning to your car, remain in well-lit and populated areas.
  • Avoid walking alone late at night. When possible, walk with friends and people you know.
  • Be watchful and aware. Keep your head up. Make quick eye contact with those around you and be observant of passing vehicles.
  • Don’t become distracted by talking on a cell phone or listening to an iPod/similar device.
  • Keep a whistle within reach. If you feel threatened, use it to signal residents that you need help. Yelling words like: “Fire!” “Help!” or “Rape!” are other effective ways of drawing attention and alerting people that you need assistance.
  • Hold your car keys in your hand to use as a weapon against an attacker.
  • Before going out, call ahead to let friends or family know you’re on the way. Designate a time you expect to arrive, so that in the event you fail to show up on time, they’ll know enough to begin looking for you.
  • Walk with confidence. Be assertive. Don’t let anyone violate your space. Trust your instincts and know that anyone at any time can be a victim of crime. Never assume: “IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME.”
  • If an unarmed attacker confronts you, believe in your ability to scare, distract, or even incapacitate the attacker enough to escape.
  • Wear sneakers or shoes that allow for added mobility


Posted by on September 16, 2015. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.