Recent Attacks on Women Spark Rallies

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 11:49 PM EDT

Buffalo, Ny
(WKBW)

"There's a lot of fear out there but more than that there's anger," said Whitney Crispell, Organizer of the Take Back the Night Rally.

Crispell, angered by the string of assaults against women reported in the past week in Buffalo is now taking her fear to Facebook by organizing the Take Back the Night Rally this Sunday at 7 pm in Symphony Circle in Buffalo.

"By yesterday we had about 300 people attending, by tonight last time we checked we were close to 500," said Crispell.

"Our thoughts and our concerns are with the victims of that crime," said Mayor Byron Brown, D- Buffalo.

Four separate assaults against women including sexual assaults and on Wednesday Buffalo Police made an arrest in one of the cases.

Sixteen year old Dionte Cooper of Porter avenue was charged with dragging a woman into an alley at the corner of elmwood and allen july 5th..... then raping her

"We think that the individual who is in custody might face additional charges," said Mayor Brown.

Police are now investigating whether Cooper might be connected to the three other attacks.

On July 6th a woman was walking her dog on Ashland Avenue when someone came up from behind and hit her in the back of the head with a bottle luckily she was able escape.

On June 30th another woman attacked from behind in the 400 block of Delaware Avenue.

And another victim was assaulted in front of the Shoreline Apartments on Niagara Street.

In each incident the women were alone at night.

"eevery time you go out for a walk, every time you know you go out to do something you have to sort of go through this checklist of is it safe? Can I go down this path? Am I allowed to be out here and walk around," said Crispell.

The Take Back the Night rally and march is Sunday at 7pm at Symphony Circle.

Also, there is a separate event called the Gathering for Awareness also on Sunday at 4pm in Bidwell Park.