A 20-year-old woman was sexually assaulted as she walked down Smithdown Road.
Merseyside Police were called at around 8.10pm on Saturday, February 15, to reports that a man had forcefully grabbed a woman by the chest on Smithdown Road near to the junction of Gainsborough Road.
Despite the best efforts of a passersby to stop the suspect, he fled from the scene in the opposite direction to the city.
The victim was left shaken as a result of the distressing incident.
The suspect is described as Asian, around 25 years old, of medium build, with bumpy, scarred skin on his face.
He was wearing a black zipped up, quilted jacked with a fur hood at the time of the incident, along with dark navy blue tapered Adidas jogging bottoms with a thick white stripe on each side.
Merseyside Police is asking the public to be vigilant when walking and anyone with information is asked to come forward.
Detective Inspector, Simon Hurst, of Merseyside Police said: “This was clearly an extremely distressing incident and we are fully supporting the victim as we investigate.
“We are taking this incident extremely seriously and gathering all available evidence."
There is help out there for victims of rape and sexual assault and other sexual crimes.
The NHS recommends a range of services and support networks which are gathered on the NHS Choices website.
Merseyside Police have specially trained officers who are experienced in investigating sexual assaults in the most sensitive way.
If you’d like to report online, rather than speaking to an officer by telephone in the first instance, you can use Merseyside Police's online crime reporting service which is secure and confidential.
If you’d like to talk to someone, the national non-emergency telephone number is staffed 24/7 and can be reached by calling 101.
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Information on the services offered locally is gathered on Merseyide Police's website.
Charities offering advice include rapecrisis and safeline.
Inspector Hurst added: “Whilst we don’t want people to be fearful in the area, be vigilant when walking, and if you have experienced or witnessed such an assault, come forward with any information, dashcam, mobile phone or CCTV footage, and we can take positive action to find the person or persons responsible and bring them before the courts.”
Anyone with information should always call 999 if a crime is in progress, or pass information via @MerPolCC, 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.