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Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Good samaritans; Response time; Community; Victims of crime; Social responsibility
Author: Nickerson, Colin
Date: May 18, 2001
Start Page: A.1
Section: National/Foreign
Abstract (Document Summary)

"It was a serious attack. We don't think it was sexual, but it was very brutal," said a police spokesman, who seemed as stunned as anyone that a crime victim could lie helplessly for so long in broad daylight, ignored by pedestrians and clerical workers in the office building overlooking the parking lot on the edge of one of Montreal's more upscale neighborhoods.

According to Montreal media reports, those people who walked by the young woman or glanced at her supine form from the office windows assumed that she was just a stoned street kid, even though her lower body was bare of clothes and her skin was gray from exposure, according to witnesses.

"It may not fit with our image of ourselves, but there's the reality, plain as an ugly reflection in a mirror," said Randy Mohammed, a supervisor with Sun Youth, an organization that provides emergency assistance to down-and-out people in Quebec's largest city.

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