On May 14, a woman used the restroom at a car dealership in Ballard. According to reports, a man followed her, broke into the stall and raped her.
The act is a horrific account of the sexual violence that women, men and victims writ large experience every day — the kind of thing that many people walk through the world fearing because it happens with alarming regularity. Almost 80 people have reported a rape to the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in 2018, according to local crime statistics, and 242 reports were made in 2017.
Here’s how the local news reported this story: