Victim Kept Silent About Occupy Hartford Sex Assault

Female victim said she didn't want to draw negative attention to the Occupy cause.

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    A group at the Occupy Hartford campsite, including the victim, tried to keep a sex assault quiet, police said.

    Police received an anonymous call Thursday reporting the sex assault at the Occupy Hartford site in Turning Point Park on Broad Street.

    Investigating officers located the victim, a woman who told them a man aggressively kissed her neck and groped her breasts against her wishes.  Several others at the campsite intervened and the suspect ran off, she told police.

    When asked why no one from Occupy Hartford, including the victim, reported the sex assault to police, they told officers they did not want to draw any negative attention to their cause.

    The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’5” and weighing 130 pounds. He was wearing a black coat and jeans. It was unclear if the suspect was an Occupy activist or someone who just came into the campsite.