Police investigating after woman reports assault by stranger at OTR bar

Police searching for sexual assault suspect

OVER-THE-RHINE, Ohio (FOX19) - Police are searching for two suspects after a woman visiting Cincinnati reported she was sexually assaulted July 21 at a bar in Over-the-Rhine.

The woman, who doesn’t want to be identified, said she was at The Drinkery on Main Street when a man reached under her dress and between her legs while she was with her friends.

“I turned around and I see who it was, and I said, ‘Don’t you dare do that again,’” she said.

She said the assailant proceeded to grab her between her legs again. She then struck him in the face.

He then hit her face, she said, causing her to fall to the floor.

After being ushered out by the bar staff, she confronted him again, and said she was once more struck by the man — this time in the head and eye.

“I’m wondering how many times does he’s done this,” she said. “I’ve never been hit by a man. But it can happen if you stand up for being harassed.”

Police haven’t said if they have any suspects. The perpetrator could face gross sexual imposition charges if caught.

Kristin Shrimplin, President of Women Helping Women, said this type of assault isn’t uncommon. She said every 92 seconds, someone is sexually assaulted. That’s up from every 98 seconds last year.

“If something is happening that often and we have over the life time for women in particular, we have a word and a phrase — it’s called a public epidemic,” Shrimplin said.

Women Helping Women is a nonprofit that aims to help survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, among other forms of abuse.

You can access WHW’s services on its website or at its 24-hour hotline: (513) 381-5610.

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