By: Roisin Brady
A 21-year-old woman was raped in the early hours of Saturday morning in Glasgow City Centre.
The woman, who had left friends to withdraw cash out of a bank machine on Argyle Street, was grabbed by her attacker and pulled into a nearby lane. Her attacker is described as being of Asian appearance, mid-to-late 20s, and approximately 5 ft 10 to 6 ft tall. He was said to have short black hair and was wearing black clothes when the incident took place.
Police are appealing for a witness who interrupted the attack, which took place near Wellington Street at approximately 2am. The passer-by is described as being a white, bald man with glasses, and police are keen to question him about any information he may have.
The attack took place after the new Rape Crisis Scotland campaign was launched last week, which aims to tackle Scotland’s poor conviction rate in rape cases, as well as challenge attitudes that may place blame on women who are victims of sexual assaults. The advertisements feature women in various scenarios, such as drinking alcohol and wearing revealing clothing, with the slogan ‘This is not an invitation to rape me’.
If you have any information concerning this assault, please contact Strathclyde Police on 0800 555 111 . For more information on the campaign, visit www.thisisnotaninvitationtorapeme.co.uk