In July, a young woman was sexually assaulted and stabbed in downtown Wilmington. Friends of the victim, and even strangers, came together to raise money and general awareness for the victim. John Stanley and his fellow bike riders are angry. John said, “It's wrong. Another man couldn't do this, an animal did this, not a man, you know what I mean.” They are upset because the person who sexually assaulted and stabbed a Wilmington woman in July is still out there. Tina Owens stated, “I’m very angry. It's just not right for anyone to take advantage of a female, for her to have to go through what she had to go through it's just not right.” It happened in a church courtyard at Third and Market streets. The victim survived but not without medical bills as result of the attack. Even though many of the riders do not know the victim personally, they still wanted to raise awareness, revving up their engines for a bike ride along Highway 133. After the two hour ride, bikers parked at Captain Bill's restaurant where a fundraiser was going on for the victim. All the money from purchased food, or raffle tickets will go towards the victim's medical expenses. Brookes Musser who was participating in the fundraiser said, “So of course when it happened we were all touched by it. That we knew who it was and of course we care all about her and just wanted to know something to help and let her know that we're thinking about her constantly.” Eddie, who does not want his last name identified, is the victims father. He says the family brought her home from the hospital last week. Eddie is amazed how the community has rallied around his daughter. Wilmington police are still looking for the assaulter. If you have any information, please contact the Wilmington police department.
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