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Woman raped by two different men within an hour on Clinton Hill block: cops

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CLINTON HILL, Brooklyn (PIX11) -- Detectives search now for two men who each carried out sexual assaults on the same person.

She has given investigators descriptions of the men and now, thanks to her coming forward regarding the two separate attacks against her, police have put out surveillance video of a man who they say was behind the second attack.

The assaults happened less than a block-, and about an hour, apart. The first took place around 5:00 A.M. on Sunday, August 31st, according to investigators, in the 100 block of Gates Avenue. A man pushed his victim to the ground, and said he had a gun, then sexually assaulted her.

Then, around 6:00 A.M., less than 200 paces away from the first attack, on Irving Place, another man used similar tactics in a second sexual assault. He pushed her to the ground and told her he had a gun that he would use on her if she resisted.

On any given day, during the day and well into the night, it's not at all unusual in Clinton Hill to see lots of different types of women just going about their business independently, walking alone to wherever they need to go. But the two recent crimes have threatened a sense of security many women in the area feel.

"I was unnerved to know there was that kind of activiity happening on a block that I trust, and really love," said one woman resident who did not want to be identified in any way. She told PIX11 News that police had come by her house in the days after the assaults, seeking help from neighbors to get information leading to an arrest.

Police said that a grainy image seen in the surveillance video was of a man about five feet, seven inches tall, leaving the scene of the second attack. It took place in front of a townhouse on Irving Place near the intersection of Putnam Avenue.

Margaret Edmund told PIX11 News that she works in that home. "I leave late in the evening, so it's scaring me now," she said.

The idea is not to scare, but to instead warn people that sexual assault happens more frequently than many people may know.

"One in five college students, and one in four women" are targets of sexual violence, according to Emily May, the founder and director of Hollaback, an organization that helps to prevent sexual harrassment and other acts of sexual violence.

"That's what's so terrifying to be a woman in this city," said May, "is you never know when that creepy guy across the street or the street harrassment comment that you hear is going to turn into something more severe."

Still, she said, the pair of attacks should not obscure the freedoms of women who could be potential targets of sex crimes.

"You have the right to walk down the street and feel safe and confident," said May.

Women whom PIX11 encountered walking down the streets of Clinton Hill agreed with that statement, but some also said that for now they feel their safety is compromised.

"I'm a bartender," said Micaela Cimino, "so I get off work [at] 4:30, or 5:00, and it's bothering me right now, because I feel pretty safe walking around here."

When she learned that neither of the two suspects has been found, the look on her face clearly showed disappointment.

"So there's somebody walking around this neighborhood," said Cimino. "I'll be taking a cab [home] tonight."

There are many questions still surrounding the two cases, but police are taking it very seriously, and ask anyone who may have any information to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or click here.