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Invitation into apartment leads to sexual assault

Michael Giffin suspect in Bucktown sexual assault credit Chicago Police Deptartment

It is late on a Saturday night and you are at a bar having drinks with someone who appears to be a nice guy. He is an assistant soccer coach and studying industrial design at UIC. You go to another bar with him have more drinks then share a cab ride home to your Bucktown apartment.

You arrive at your apartment and invite him in for another drink, but when you say it is time to call it a night he doesn’t listen. Instead the guy who was so charming one minute threatens to kill you and sexually assaults you.

You see an opportunity to escape and you take it. You run out the door of your apartment and start screaming for help. He charges after you, grabs you by the ankles, drags you back into your apartment, and chokes you unconscious.

A neighbor hears your scream and calls the cops, who arrive just in time to arrest your alleged assailant as he is leaving your apartment. You are taken to the hospital where you are treated.
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Ed Kress
For over 35 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. Along with local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed has developed a program which focuses on teaching personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains as well as their bodies. Ed began his martial arts career when he started wrestling in 8th grade, taking 1st place in the Chicago Park District City Championships. He later wrestled varsity at Mendel Catholic High School where he was a Chicago Catholic League Conference Champion. During his college career at North Park University he was a Conference Champion and 2-time NCAA Div 3 national qualifier. He was on his way to qualifying for the 3rd time when a neck injury ended his college career. His record that year was 17 - 0. He continues to wrestle as Head Freshman Wrestling Coach at Loyola Academy. A position he has held since 2004.

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