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Police Issue Warning After 2 Sexual Assaults Reported in South Boston

The Boston Police Department said its sexual assault unit is investigating two reports of indecent assault and battery in the area of East Broadway and Dorchester streets

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Police are investigating after receiving two reports of sexual assault in a popular area in South Boston.

Few details were released given the nature of the investigation, but the Boston Police Department said both alleged incidents of indecent assault and battery occurred in the area of East Broadway and Dorchester streets.

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The intersection is near many popular bars and restaurants in the city's Southie neighborhood, and residents have already been on alert after several reports of spiked drinks at bars around the city.

Scholars has ordered hundreds of plastic cups with lids to give their customers options at the bar.

"I also have people very close to me that have had those experiences in South Boston in the last couple of months so it’s definitely something that before we all go out we talk about and everyone is even more concerned than you typically would be," one woman told NBC10 Boston on Saturday.

"It’s disgusting and frowned upon on this community I can guarantee you that much," a man shared.

Detectives from the Boston Police Department's sexual assault unit are actively investigating the indecent assault and batteries -- an offense that generally refers to touching someone inappropriately without consent -- and are urging anyone with information to contact them by calling 617-343-4400.

Anonymous tips can also be called into the CrimeStoppers tip line at 1-800-494-TIPS, or you can text the word 'TIP' to CRIME (27463).

Victims of sexual assault who would feel more comfortable seeking help from a non-law enforcement agency are encouraged to reach out to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center for counseling and other free resources.

Boston police remind residents to be aware of their surroundings and to walk with people they know when possible, especially at night. Police also advise people to avoid distractions like talking on a cell phone or listening to music, and to call 911 if you believe someone is following you.

While tips like these are designed to decrease and diminish the likelihood of an attack, police share them with the understanding that no victim is ever to blame for the actions of an attacker.

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