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Woman brutally attacked at library

An assault victim shows her injuries after an attack at a Huntsville library. (Source: WAFF) An assault victim shows her injuries after an attack at a Huntsville library. (Source: WAFF)

A Huntsville woman was hospitalized after being brutally attacked at a Huntsville library.

The 52 year-old victim, who didn't want to be identified, said she was trying to return a book at the branch on Sparkman Drive when a man beat her to the ground and tried to rape her.

On top of dealing with the aftermath of the attack, the woman claimed Huntsville police filed her report incorrectly and didn't follow up on the investigation.

The victim said she was attacked on June 29 around 10:30 p.m. She is still upset over her situation but felt it necessary to speak out.

She's also speaking about the response she got, or what she calls "lack of the response," from Huntsville police until WAFF 48 News reported the story.

The woman suffered serious injuries to her leg. She said she was approached by a man and as she walked away, he hit her from behind in the leg several times before she fell to the ground.

She said the man tried to put his genitals in her mouth. After a struggle, the man ran away but not before kicking her in the head as she tried to call 911.

When police arrived, a report was filed for harassment and indecent exposure.

The woman said the police department got it wrong and this incident was assault and attempted rape. She also said an investigator did not call her until our story aired.

"She was treated in the hospital and was recently released," said Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris. "We try not to interfere with the medical treatment because the number one priority that we have is the welfare of the victim. We may have reached out to her and not been able to get her on the phone." 

"I have been in shock that the report says harassment and indecent exposure," said the victim. "This man could have killed me. The officer knows I left here in an ambulance."

Chief Morris said reports can always be changed to reflect exactly what the victim says they experienced.

Assault has been added to the case, however, it does not reach the legal level of attempted rape.

An investigator has been assigned to the case and since the incident, officers have been patrolling the area looking for the man that fits the victim's description.

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