I just read the following very scary account of an attack and thought how important it is to make sure that all women in Vancouver are aware of this. Please read this and forward it onto your female friends. This man attacked a woman who was waiting alone at a bus stop at Kingsway and 12th. I find this very scary as I have often been waiting alone at bus stops in that area.

Please be careful and alert! Here are the details.

VANCOUVER, B.C. — Vancouver police have issued a public warning after a 23-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and robbed while waiting for a bus.

The woman was alone at a bus stop Tuesday evening when a man came from behind and grabbed her.

He forced the woman into a nearby building where the sex assault took place.

“This is particularly violent and particularly disturbing because it’s a robbery and a sex assault,” said Vancouver police Const. Jana McGuinness.

“It’s two major, serious crimes together. We haven’t seen that in recent – actually, I can’t even recall this year where we’ve seen something like that.”

McGuinness said the fact that the attack was seemingly random is also a source of concern for police.

“This is a person standing alone at a bus stop. This is a stranger attack. So this is not something that we see commonly and that’s why we need to be putting out a public warning, just for people to be aware that this has happened,” she said.

The suspect, who was wearing dark winter clothing, is described as six feet tall with an average build.

McGuinness said the suspect, who wasn’t carrying a weapon, was looking for credit cards and cash. She didn’t know what exactly he obtained from the victim.

McGuinness said the trauma of the incident has substantially affected the victim and police hope witnesses may come forward.

“At this point, there’s not a lot of information, especially around description. So what’s helpful to us, to the investigators, is if anyone, even if you think it’s insignificant, may have seen someone lurking in the area, call 9-1-1 or Crimestoppers,” McGuinness said.

She did not rule out the possibility that the suspect may strike again.

“I think we always have to look at that possibility until someone’s in custody. We have to tell the public that there’s a possibility that that could happen.”

McGuinness said the best people can do to avoid such attacks to be aware of your surroundings.

“These are crimes of opportunity sometimes. We don’t always know what the motivation is. Be aware of your surroundings. Stick to well-lit areas if you can. It’s a very good idea if you’re coming home later in the evening, or when it’s dark out, to have someone meet you, or travel with a friend if possible.”

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