Sex assault victim recounts attack to help other women

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An Oahu woman says she no longer feels safe in her own home.

She was sexually assaulted and is sharing her ordeal to help other women.

On Thursday morning, the 24-year-old woman was asleep in her apartment on Aala Street in Honolulu.

“Fully aware of my surroundings, just like every other night,” victim said.

But at 4:00 a.m., the woman saw a very frightening scene.

“I woke up and there was a man standing in my door way to my bedroom,” the victim said.

The victim’s other four roommates were not home at the time.

She screamed, and the suspect, tried to keep her quiet placing one hand on her neck and the other over her eyes.

There was a struggle for a few minutes.

“I thought the best thing to do is stay calm, be polite and be focus and tell him what I need for him to do. He didn’t punch me. he threatened to, but I just said please, let’s just talk about this and see where we go from here,” the victim said.

She kept telling the suspect, she needed him to leave.

“Honestly, I think that it worked, just being calm and talking and having the ability to do that,” victim said.

After about ten minutes, he left.

Police believe, it was a random sexual assault.

“She doesn’t know him at all. there’s no connection between the two,” Honolulu Police Sergeant Kim Buffett said.

“More so just frightened in general just because there’s a man out there who is aware of where I was living and maybe following me, I’m not sure,”  the victim said.

Honolulu Police are now looking for the man, who entered the ground-floor unit though this sliding glass door, and sexually assaulted the young woman.

The suspect is described as a man in his thirties, 5’10”, weighing 175 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

The victim and her roommates changed the locks of their unit and installed a security alarm system. But they’re still looking for a new place to live.

“Our house has been intruded and we’re not safe here,” the victim said.

If you have any information about this case, you’re asked to call Crimestoppers at #955-8300.

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