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Metro investigates sexual assault on W. 51st St

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a sexual assault that happened on the 100 block of West 51st Street, around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Police say the male victim was attacked from behind as he walked home from a local convenience store. After escaping his attacker, the victim called police before he was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as a black male, who is around 5"3' tall, with a strong athletic build. He has a close-shaved haircut, no facial hair, and he was wearing a fishing hat at the time of the assault. He was last seen driving an older model Ford Taurus.

SCMPD have 39 rapes listed for the year so far, but the director of the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire tells us they've investigated 110.

And while male victims of sexual assault are less common, victim advocates say one in six men are sexually assaulted in their lifetime.

Even if they don't come forward to seek help from local groups right away, there are resources that offer help to victims online. For more information, please visit 1in6.org.

"We now have our sixth male victim who acknowledged sexual violence against a person. And while rape and sexual assault is the most under-reported crime of all crimes, it is especially under-reported among the male demographic,” said Executive Director Kesha Gibson-Carter, RCC.

This case remains under investigation. Anyone with any information should contact the SCMPD tip line by dialing 912.525.3124.

Information may also be forwarded to CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.

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