New Orleans police received reports of four rapes between Wednesday (March 23) and Thursday, two of those incidents involved juveniles reportedly assaulted by people they knew.
The other two rapes involved adult victims who said they were assaulted by strangers, one of them reporting she was raped after being forced into a car and driven to another location.
Woman forced into car and raped
A 40-year-old woman on Thursday reported to NOPD an unknown man forced her into a convertible in the St. Claude neighborhood and drove to the Desire area, where she was raped inside the car, police said.
NOPD spokeswoman Dawne Massey, citing a police report, said the rape was reported to have occurred just before 3 a.m. in the 2700 block of Higgins Boulevard. The car was possibly a gray convertible, police said.
The woman said she was forced into the car near Franklin and Claiborne avenues. The incident was classified as first-degree rape.
Woman reports assault in parking garage
A woman reported on Wednesday night that an unknown man raped her in a parking garage in Treme earlier that night. The woman then later told police she was not raped, Massey said.
The incident was reported to have occurred just before 10 p.m. in the 100 block of Treme. The woman described the perpetrator as 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-7, between 40 and 50 years old with a slim build. She said he wore jeans, a blue shirt and had short, black hair. The incident was classified as first-degree rape.
"At the conclusion of the interview the alleged victim stated she was not raped, however this is contradictory of what she originally said," said Massey, citing the report.
13-year-old girl reports sexual assault when she was about 9
A 13-year-old girl reported on Thursday to NOPD she was sexually assaulted four years earlier. Massey said the girl reported the son of her mother's boyfriend assaulted her at an unknown location. The incident was classified as first-degree rape.
School counselor reports sexual assault occurred at school
A counselor at a local school reported to NOPD on Thursday evening that she learned two seventh-grade students "engaged in sexual acts on school premises," Massey said. A preliminary NOPD reports lists the victim as a "known juvenile" and says the victim was sexually assaulted by a "known male."
The New Orleans Family Justice Center, University Medical Center and Children's Hospital all offer services for survivors.