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Residents vigilant after sexual assaults in Lakeview & Austin

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Once a British citizen, Becki Wainwright now calls the Lakeview neighborhood her home.

"I felt safer there (Britain). I have to admit, I was a little bit concerned about the crime rate here," said Wainwright.

It is the same block where police say a 24-year-old woman was sexually assaulted early Sunday morning. Detectives are working on a composite sketch of the suspect.

"To be honest, I don't go anywhere on my own. I stay with my friends all the time because I'm quite new to the city so I like to stick with people that I know, so I make sure I'm not on my own, that's how I stay safe," said Wainwright.

"We usually stick together," said Jackie Schold, a Lakeview resident.

"Being aware of your surroundings," said Allie Bullinger, another Lakeview resident.

Schold and Bullinger were jogging together early Sunday evening near the location of the attack.

"We usually stay on the busier streets when we walk if we are alone," said Schold.

"And we have mace," said Bullinger.

Detectives spent Sunday morning checking three buildings on the 400 block of Belmont Avenue for surveillance cameras. The Lakeview attack comes two days after a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted while walking in an Austin neighborhood.

Police say a man called out to her, she ignored him and he then grabbed her, pulled her into a vacant lot and sexually assaulted her.

The Chicago Police Department issued a community alert on Sunday.

Melanie Foote-Davis, Life Coach and Founder of Master the ABC's of Self Love, says victims must know they are not at fault.

"One of the things I do is I work as a medical advocate with the YWCA and I also work on the rape crisis hotline… First of all, the important thing to tell them is it's not their fault. A natural tendency is to blame ourselves for something that's happened," said Foote-Davis in an interview with FOX 32's Tisha Lewis.

Foote-Davis is a life coach who uses social media platforms to help women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence.

"Going to the hospital when someone has been assaulted, and be there as a support system for them because there are so many things coming at them at that time, it's good for them to have someone that's there to advocate on their behalf," said Foote-Davis.

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