Woman sexually assaulted near Eyre Place

21-year-old raped near Smithies pub.

A 21-year-old girl was sexually assaulted near Eyre Place at 4am on Thursday morning.

She was raped as she was coming back from a night out, not far from Smithies pub.

Not so safe after all.

A good samaritan who police are trying to get in contact with later picked up the girl. She did not need hospital treatment.

Police are looking for an Asian man, between 20 and 30, driving a silver car.

According to a second year Sports Management student: “The girl was walking home with friends and stopped and went into a park to go to the loo, where she was grabbed.”

Word has spread quickly as a warning to everyone walking back from a night out with or without friends.

One student said: “It’s terrifying that this would happen.

“When I’m drunk I often walk home alone and don’t think it’s a big deal. Edinburgh is such a safe place.”

With the number of rape victims having increased by 35 per cent (according to BBC News) in the last year across Scotland, it would seem that this is no longer the case.

Last week, a second year History of Art student was followed into her building and to her front door by a man after a night out.

The man grabbed her but thankfully she retaliated and the situation went no further.

Looking back on it she said: “It was partly my fault due to my obscene drunkenness.”