Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com
A rape counselor advises people to walk in groups or ask for an escort when walking to their cars.
Despite a $10,000 reward, Dallas police have received few tips in the violent sexual assault of a woman in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood earlier this month.
The 30-year-old victim was attacked while walking to her car and beaten unconscious.
“This shouldn't happen at all, ever,” said Valerie Gonzales, a sexual assault prevention specialist at the Dallas Area Rape Crisis Center.
Gonzales said there is nothing a person can do to prevent a sexual assault but there are ways to reduce the risk.
”There really is something to be said for safety in numbers,” she said.
The victim in the Knox-Henderson attack became separated from her friends while watching Game 6 of the NBA Finals at a bar on Henderson Avenue. Police said she was walking alone to her car when she was grabbed.
“When you are leaving, make sure you are leaving in a group," Gonzales said. "Make sure your friends get to their car safely, and it's not just, 'Hey, see you later,' and everyone walk to their car.”
She also suggested people carry their keys in their hands so they can be used as a weapon. And people shouldn't hesitate to ask for an escort to their car.
“I would hope every club and bar in Dallas would comply with that and help patrons," Gonzales said. "You should be able to ask and get escort to car.”
Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest in the Knox-Henderson case.