BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – We’ve been telling you about a string of violent attacks on women in Buffalo including rapes. Now women and men want to regain control from the criminals. Those attacks have taken place in the City’s Allentown neighborhood.
“I was hit over the head with a bottle. I can only assume an attempt to knock me unconscious,” said Melissa. We told you last week about a woman who was attacked on July 6th on Ashland Avenue near Bryant in Allentown. Now, we’re hearing from her. Her name is Melissa and she’s sharing her story in hopes of preventing other women from being in the same situation. She was walking her dog before bed shortly before midnight, when it happened. “They grabbed me, put their hand over my mouth, and tried to drag me somewhere, I’m thankful I was able to get away,” she said.
Her dog attacked the man, freeing her to safety. “This is a problem that I’m learning is happening to many women and the terrifying thing is they don’t all get away like did and that’s not okay. People need to know this is happening.”
She spoke at a march Sunday night where hundreds came to show solidarity. “I think everyone is declaring we will not accept rape culture in this community,” said another woman.
The group walked over a mile- going through some of the neighborhoods where the recent attacks occurred. Earlier in the day self defense was taught in Bidwell Park. Organizers recommend that people, especially women, don’t travel alone after dark, are aware of their surroundings and avoid having their face buried in a cell phone. Melissa says women shouldn’t have to fear being alone at night. “I just pray that this doesn’t happen to anyone else and that we’re able to find a solution that we can all live with and we can all feel safe in this neighborhood that we all love.”
Mayor Byron Brown was also in attendance and said they’ve increased patrols in the area. He also expects there could be more charges filed against the 16-year-old who was arrested for rape.