Following Sexual Assault, Neighborhood Association Leader Calls on Area Residents to Make Southwest Grand Rapids Safer

Recently, a 21-year-old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted by two teens who are believed to be 13 to 15 years of age, according to police. The attack took place around 9:30 p.m. on Monday as the alleged victim was walking near Fulton Street and Valley Avenue. Now Mary Bueche, South West Area Neighbors Association crime prevention leader, is calling for residents’ assistance in making the community a safer place.

Bueche was startled not only that such a violent offense would occur in the neighborhood, but by the suspects’ ages as well. Bueche was also concerned that such a crime would occur early in the evening, as opposed to well after midnight.

News reports stated that the alleged victim was approached by the two teens who attempted first to initiate conversation, then assaulted her both physically and sexually. Bueche said that the area is open to college students and renters, and that it becomes easy for neighbors to go about life essentially oblivious to what is going on around them, not reaching out to neighbors. She hoped that neighbors would help in the effort to begin breaking down barriers and consider things that may make the area safer, such as leaving porch lights on.

Earlier this summer residents in a home near the area where Bueche is employed were robbed and assaulted by a group of men, resulting in the rape of one woman and pistol whipping of another individual. Police were able to make arrests quickly in this case; Bueche hopes for the same outcome in this case.

While Michigan sex crime defense attorneys understand that those living in areas where a crime that is sexual in nature allegedly occurs causes worry and anxiety, we also know that those accused are often innocent of the offenses they are accused of.


If you have been arrested for sexual assault, rape, internet sex crimes or any sex-related offense, consult with an aggressive Michigan sex crime lawyer right away. Your reputation, freedom and future depend on having capable legal representation.

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