WASHINGTON – Nearly six years ago, on an unseasonably warm April night in Washington, Lauren Clark was cooling down from a jog when she spotted a man in the distance. She quickened her pace, hurried past him and, for a moment, considered crossing the street. Her fear seemed irrational – paranoid, even – until the threat became real. The man grabbed the slender 27-year-old hairstylist from behind, thrust his hand between her legs and covered her mouth. He slammed her body to the sidewalk. A pair of black spandex leggings was the only barrier between her and the hand that would not let go. Rape seemed imminent. Death, quite possible. Clark flipped from her stomach onto her back and clawed the man’s face. Her fingernails dug into his skin and tore off his eyeglasses. The man punched her in the face, grabbed her phone and sprinted away. The man was caught just minutes later by police, who linked him to an attack against another woman earlier that night. With fresh scratches on his face, he confessed. He was a stranger in the dark who attacked Washington’s women when they were alone and vulnerable. This was a statistical anomaly in the… Read full this story
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