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Added Apr 20 2018

A 20-year-old woman was standing on the platform at the Brown Line’s Francisco station on Thursday night when a man approached her, began kissing her and sexually assaulted her, Chicago police said.

The attacked happened around 10:40 p.m. at the station at 4648 N. Francisco Ave. in the Ravenswood Manor neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

The news said she wasn’t getting on a train but rather she was playing Pokémon Go....at 1040pm?!

  • Albnypkres SJC

    My dileo?
    You like hard ons?

  • Horrible thing to happen, but isnt the platform soley for riders?

  • You need to get over yourself and stop attacking people.

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  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Albny- great thing about EB is you don’t have to read it!

    I’d say Ward consistently contributes informative and neighborly posts and comments.

    And I don’t get the impression he needs anyone’s protection.

  • Has Brushman4 been reincarnated as Albnypkres???

    The troll-like posts from Brushman4 are not missed.

    Hopefully, Albnypkres will stay on topic going forward and positively contribute to this worthwhile site.

  • We need more security. How many times I am on the train and grown men come to you asking for money I am 65+ a woman). Where is security? They tell you to press the emergency button to alert the CTA train driver. Is he suppose to rescue you?

  • Janu--Carry a locking folding knife with at least a 3 inch blade. Normal folk can't carry guns on public trans, but criminals can. So, even the playing field.

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    Nidan67, i like the cut of your jib!

  • Ward greenleaf--Thank you sir!

  • Andrew Linc Sq Lifer

    no description of the assailant?

  • Why would somebody down vote my advice for another person to defend themself??
    Really?

  • Not sure, but maybe suggesting too big a blade? Isnt there a max size that you are legally able to carry?

  • I'll have to double check the legal blade size. But I'm still firmly pro self defense.

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    I wouldn’t sweat it, Nidan67. If you end up having to use a knife to defend yourself, the longer the better.

  • Agree!

  • future alderman future alderman

    cta security is worse than a joke-it's downright non-existent! anyone else remember when we actually had CONDUCTORS???

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    George it’s 3”. But if you have a ccl....

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Ward - isn’t the CTA one of the “no gun zones” in which your CCL doesn’t allow you to carry a gun?

    Like a 4” blade, though - if you end up needing your knife or firearm for self-defense, one’s technical violation of the weapons’ rules won’t be much of a concern.

  • Did not know CCL covered knives.

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Me, neither, George. I read Ward’s post to mean that if one has a CCL then they don’t need to worry about what size blade they can carry. They can carry a gun.

    Don’t want to bring a knife to a gun fight. . . .

    https://search.yahoo.com/search?p=indiana+jones+sword+v.+gun+scene&fr=iphone&.tsrc=apple&pcarrier=Verizon&pmcc=311&pmnc=480

  • ward greenleaf Smokey and the Bandit, Hooper, Cannonball Run...

    Leo’s are exempt.

  • To all those who down voted my advice for women to protect themselves: I guess you are pro sexual assault/rape. You would rather a woman gets raped, than carry a knife. You are absolute troglodytes for that. I don't know how you can live with yourselves.

  • It's not the woman's responsibility to carry a knife, it's the men's responsibility to not attack. Further: having a weapon on you, you're more likely to have the weapon used against you rather than to protect you. Please, stop spouting nonsense.

  • Oh Jena--you are using tired old fake data. Many people protect themselves every day against bad people, and are victorious. Look it up.
    Secondly, there is no perfect place where men don't attack women. lol. So insisting men don't attack women doesn't make society safer. But you knew that, right?
    Thirdly, it's not nonsense. A big old group hug solves nothing. So, I would submit to you to stop spouting nonsense.

  • Nidan67, those were some absolutely crazy, absurd ridiculous accusations you just made.

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    George - but Jena’s comment was more absurd and ridiculous. Nobody should carry defensive tools because it’s up to other people to behave?

    By extension we shouldn’t need a police force. Criminals should just accept the responsibility not to commit crimes. And speed bumps (which I loathe) - everyone will slow down cuz it’s the right thing to do.

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  • A group hug indeed solves nothing. I was commenting on the idea that a knife will not safe you and that critiquing the idea "everyone should carry a knife" does not make one pro-rape.

    This community board is full of inflammatory ignorance. What a waste of time.

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    George - my apologies. It may be the EB timing of replying to a comment and by the time you finish, other comments were posted.

    Looking at the order of the thread, I thought (incorrectly) that you were referencing Nidan67’s comment directly above yours.

    I don’t believe anyone (other than rapists) is pro-sexual assault. And I don’t believe someone is a troglodyte for not believing in carrying weapons of self-defense. A Luddite, maybe, but not a troglodyte. Cave dwellers carried weapons.

    I don’t drink vodka. And I was not coming at you. Nor did I condone what Nidan67 wrote about her Thumbs Downers.

    I did not find her comment right above yours to be particularly absurd or ridiculous. And that’s the comment to which I was comparing Jena’s comment.

  • Thanks dad, I appreciate it. Much too early for me to get riled up, lol.

    Tequila?

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Beer. But usually not in the AM.

  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Jena - I agree that some comments (and commenters) can be inflammatory and ignorant. But generally I think EB is OK.

    I only took issue with your position that, “It's not the woman's responsibility to carry a knife, it's the men's responsibility to not attack.” I’d love to be able to count on the goodness of fellow humans. But that’s not always prudent.

    As for weapons being used against their owners, I’m not sure what the frequency is of that. I will say that one should not carry a weapon unless one is prepared (via training and mentally/psychologically) to use it correctly.

  • I will say that one should not carry a weapon unless one is prepared (via training and mentally/psychologically) to use it correctly.

    ^^^^^^^ One of the smartest comments I have seen. It's those instances where a person has no business carrying a weapon where it ends up being used against them.

  • And yes, also a beer person and only in the morning when on vacation!!! LOL

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  • Feel free to leave if this is upsetting you so much.

  • Hey scrub, it wasnt an opinion, you made same very disgusting accusations.

  • Chicago knife law makes any concealed blade over 2.5” illegal. https://chicagocode.org/8-24-020/

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  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    Wow, Nidan. You seem poorly dispositioned to be carrying a weapon. Chill.

  • How do these guys get on the trains if they need money? There's one that goes from woman to woman and sits across from them and asks for money. There was a guy on the Blue Line the other night around 6:30 pm he was asking for money and then he had a bible and was trying to get other people to read it. He also had a pair of scissors that you could see in his pocket. Aren't they suppose to get all people off the train at the end of the line? In the morning you see that some people have not left the cars on the Brown Line at Lawrence in the morning. A lot of these guys asking for money have good clean clothing (some expensive leather coats) and look well fed and they're saying they need money to get something to eat.

  • Lol, Nidan you are so trivial and immature.

  • I think a good idea would be if the attendant at each station would have a screen to watch the platform to see if there is a crime being committed. Who monitors all these cameras??? Or do they just record crimes??

  • Oh, Georgie.
    You have lots of time on your self righteous hands.

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  • Neighborhood dad: I don't carry anything because I don't need to use public transportation. So chill.

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  • Neighborhood Dad 27-year resident of North Center/St Bens/Lincol...

    I’m as chill as April in Chicago.

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