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7th November 2015

Student raped in Fallowfield

Last month a student coming home from a night out was raped in Fallowfield, police are appealing for a witness to come forward.

A 19-year-old student was raped in Fallowfield on Wednesday October the 7th between midnight and 4:30

Police are looking for a key witness who met the victim at a bus stop on Wimslow Road.

He is described as white and of slim build, with brown hair styled in a quiff, and was wearing black skinny jeans and a black leather jacket. He is thought to be around 18 or 19 years old.

Detective Inspector Damian Simpson, of GMP’s Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “This witness could hold vital clues to what happened to this young woman, so it is very important that we speak to him. We are doing everything we can to identify the attacker.

“We are appealing for this witness to come forward but anyone else who may have any information should get in touch. You may think your information is trivial, but it could be vital to our investigation, so please call us and tell us what you know.

“We would like to reassure the public that we believe this is an isolated incident.”

Women’s Officer Jess Lishak said: “It’s absolutely sickening to hear that yet another woman student has been raped. Unfortunately whilst these headlines are really saddening, they are no longer shocking.

“The fact that the police have referred to this as an ‘isolated incident’ is insulting to the many women students who tell me that they’re too scared to go out at night, too scared to come onto campus for late lectures and too scared to take their bins out at night.

“Sexual violence is not an isolated incident, it is an epidemic and it is symptomatic of a society that doesn’t value women’s right to say no or to decide what to do with our own bodies. Whether sexual violence happens on our streets or in our beds, by someone we’ve never met or someone that we know and trust, it is horrific and it is insidious.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 1911 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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