Feb 22, 2023
Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a woman in broad daylight while she was walking in a Culver City, California, park.
Investigators confirmed that the attempted rape occurred around 3:30 p.m. on December 22, 2022 at Kenneth Hahn Park, located in the 4100 block of La Cienega Boulevard, according to an ABC 7 report. The survivor was walking at the park when the assailant approached and then sexually assaulted her.
On Tuesday, LASD authorities released a sketch of the sexual predator. The description of the assailant provided by detectives includes:
The attacker was wearing a black beanie, black hooded sweatshirt. and black jogger pants at the time of the alleged attempted rape in Kenneth Hahn Park, according to a report from FOX 11.
Following the sexual assault in Culver City’s Kenneth Hahn Park, officials are recommending that Angelenos remain particularly vigilant and take extra safety precautions, including:
LASD officials are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the sexual predator. Anyone with information is urged to contact the LASD Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273 or via email. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submit tips online.
Similar hiking trail sexual assaults have occurred in recent months here in Southern California.
In November 2022, a woman was sexually assaulted by a predator at knifepoint on an Encino hiking trail. The incident occurred when the woman was hiking on the trail along Mulholland Drive. Los Angeles Police Department officials confirmed that the sexual assault happened somewhere between Tampa Avenue and Reseda Boulevard.
In January, an Irvine man – Larry Molina, 24 – was arrested for sexually assaulting a teenage girl on Peters Canyon Hiking Trail.
The teenage victim passed Molina while she was walking on the path. After she passed the suspect, he grabbed and then sexually assaulted her.
The teenage survivor successfully fought off Molina and was able to escape and then run to a nearby home where she called for help. Officers reportedly canvassed the hiking trail scene and located evidence which connected Molina to the sex crime, according to a CBS report.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) define sexual violence as:
“sexual activity when consent is not obtained or freely given.”
“Sexual violence is a serious public health problem in the United States that profoundly impacts lifelong health, opportunity, and well-being. Sexual violence impacts every community and affects people of all genders, sexual orientations, and ages. Anyone can experience or perpetrate sexual violence. The perpetrator of sexual violence is usually someone the survivor knows, such as a friend, current or former intimate partner, coworker, neighbor, or family member. Sexual violence can occur in person, online, or through technology, such as posting or sharing sexual pictures of someone without their consent, or non-consensual sexting,” the CDC says.
Some alarming 2023 sexual assault statistics confirmed by the CDC include:
The CDC further notes that the consequences of sexual violence can vary in terms of severity and often be lifelong. Some of the most common consequences of sexual assault include:
Additionally, the CDC confirm that survivors of sexual violence may have difficulty maintaining personal relationships, returning to work or school, and regaining a sense of normalcy.
In California, adult sexual assault survivors typically have 10 years from the date of an incident to file a civil lawsuit for damages. However, a new law – California AB 2777 – opens a three-year window for any adult sexual assault claim to be filed for an incident which occurred on or after January 1, 2009.
Under AB 2777, the statute of limitations is paused, affording all adult survivors of sexual assault an opportunity at justice. Accordingly, a wave of civil lawsuits on behalf of survivors seeking justice have already been filed (and thousands of additional claims are expected to be brought against sexual predators).
To file your sexual assault claim, contact a member of Dordulian Law Group’s (DLG) team of sex crimes attorneys at 866-GO-SEE-SAM. Sam Dordulian is DLG’s founder and president. As a former sex crimes prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council, Dordulian and his team of Los Angeles, California, sexual assault attorneys have helped survivors secure countless multi-million dollar sex crime settlements.
Our dedicated and aggressive sexual assault lawyers will fight to obtain all applicable damages within your civil claim:
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