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Police: 22-year-old raped in Athens

The victim told police she didn't know the suspect.
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ATHENS, Ga. — Athens-Clarke County Police said they are investigating a rape that happened in early morning hours Saturday.

Officers made a Facebook post on Jan. 11 saying the incident happened around 3.a.m. that day in the area of Dearing Street and Church Street - which is not far from the University of Georgia campus.

The victim, a 22-year-old woman, told police she didn't know the suspect. 

Officers told 11Alive they would like to talk to a young couple who detectives believe were near Finley and Dearing streets at the time of the incident. Police said they may have seen the suspect. 

In the Facebook post, officers listed a few safety tips to follow.

  • Seek a safe ride home.
  • If walking home, stay with a group and stay in well-lit areas.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and call 9-1-1 if you see someone or something suspicious. 

The case is still an active investigation. Anyone who has information that could help ACCPD is asked to contact Det. Rick Dearing at 762-400-7174, Frederick.Dearing@accgov.com, or Sgt. Greg Dickson at 762-400-7070, Gregory.Dickson@accgov.com. 

They also said if you or someone you know has been victimized by sexual assault or child abuse, call The Cottage Crisis Hotline at 1-877-363-1912. 

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