Two Joggers Report Recent Assaults in OKC-Metro Area

In most sexual assaults, the assailant is known to his or her victim:  date rape or acquaintance rape, child sex abuse, spousal rape, and other such sex crimes.  However, random attacks do occur regularly.  People are encouraged to take extra safety precautions in situations in which they may be vulnerable to attack.  In Oklahoma City and in Edmond, police are investigating two assaults against female joggers which occurred in the last two weeks. In Oklahoma City, a 15-year-old girl reported to police that she was knocked unconscious and possibly sexually assaulted while jogging on July 1.  The girl told authorities that she was jogging east on NW 56th at approximately 11:30 p.m. when she was knocked unconscious.  She says she when regained consciousness near Rotary Park at NW 56th and Tulsa Avenue, she found her clothes in disarray, with her bra unclasped and her shorts rolled up.  The girl ran home, and her mother took her to Deaconess Hospital, where they notified police of the incident.  The girl complained of soreness all over her body, and she suffered a contusion and abrasion to the back of her head.  Police found no evidence at the location the girl reported to them. On July 10, a woman reported to police that she was assaulted while jogging on the west I-35 frontage road between 2nd and 15th Streets in Edmond.  The woman says she was jogging at approximately 9:40 p.m. when she was attacked.  She ran to her nearby home and called police.  Responding officers say that when they arrived at the woman's home, she was covered in blood and not talking.  She was taken to an Oklahoma City hospital with serious, but not life-threatening, injuries.  The victim says she remembers little about the assault, but that she did bite her attacker on his hand or arm.  Police are searching for a possible witness shown in video surveillance at a nearby Circle K convenience store. Oklahoma sexual assault lawyers encourage people to take precautions in potentially dangerous situations.  There are adverse health risks to running in the Oklahoma heat, but running in the cooler night hours also carries potential safety risks.  About.com offers these tips for running at night:

  • Choose a well-lit route
  • Always run against traffic
  • Be visible
  • Always carry identification
  • Vary your routes and times
  • Run with a buddy
  • Carry a cell phone
  • Watch out for bikes and runners
  • Ditch your music
  • Follow your instincts
It is important to always be aware of your surroundings and to take a partner along if possible.  Whether jogging at night or walking through a dark parking lot alone, be alert and aware at all times.

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