Second woman speaks out after brutal, unprovoked attack in Center City Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A second victim has come forward to say she was brutally assaulted in Center City Philadelphia.

All of the victims are college-aged young women who police say are being attacked indiscriminately.

The latest victim to come forward says she was hit multiple times in a completely unprovoked attack.

“I sat down and immediately a woman jumped up and started attacking me. She yelled at me to ‘go away’. She hit my head on the glass,” recalled Hannah, a student at Villanova University.

Hannah, who is 23, asked Action News not to use her last name.

It happened around 12:00 p.m. on November 20 on the Market-Frankford Line in the area of ​​15th Street and Market Street.

The attack happened in broad daylight and in front of a train full of passengers.

“No one asked me if I needed help. Nobody asked if I was okay. Nobody stepped in. it was crazy There were so many spectators and no one did anything,” Hannah said.

Terrified and injured, she left immediately, but not before taking a clear photograph, which police are now using as part of their investigation.

Philadelphia police are also investigating two other attacks: one that happened on Broad and Spruce streets on the same day.

SEE ALSO: University of Pennsylvania student attacked in Center City; female suspect wanted

Action News spoke exclusively to the victim, a 23-year-old student at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I saw the video and I said, ‘This is the exact same woman,’ and I saw that she’s also 23 years old and she’s going to Penn, and I said I’m 23 years old, I’m going downtown to school,” she told Hanna.

Both victims express the hope to prevent this.

“I carry pepper spray with me all the time now. It used to be on my purse, now I usually keep it. I’ll probably take some self-defense classes. I recommend all women in the city to do self-defense. defense class,” Hannah said.

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