Well, at least four. You have to assume that a lot of assaults around the Jungle go unreported.
The P-I story.
It's hard to know what to say about this. The attacks occurred around the Jungle, a collection of illegal homeless camps in the greenbelt on the northern slopes of Beacon Hill. There's been a lot of outrage from some citizens lately about the city's efforts to remove all the personal belongings along with the debris (human waste, garbage, drug paraphernalia, etc.) from the area. But the city's shelters can't hold all these people, and many of them don't want to stay in shelters anyway.
I'm not sure what the best way is to express concern that these camps may be helping to create an atmosphere that allows for dangerous drug use and rampant sexual violence. I know that I especially hate waiting for the loathsome 36 across from Jose Rizal Park, where the other waiting passengers are often drugged up and really loud and angry and unpredictable and kind of scary. I used to work up there and had to be extra careful when there was a Jungle rapist on the loose.
But it's uncharitable to want to see the Jungle camps removed until the city provides housing for everyone.
Anyway, I obviously have no solution to offer, so I shouldn't say anymore, lest I open myself up for personal attacks. When Beacon Hill blogger Craig Thompson wrote about the situation in the Jungle for the P-I last December, he got a scathing response from Real Change publisher Tim Harris, who called it "fantasy." When Thompson invited Harris to take a walk there with him to see for himself what Thompson described in the article, Harris said, "I briefly considered accepting your offer just so I could get you alone in the woods so a group of homeless people could kick your ass for denying them the right to survive, but my core beliefs in non-violence rendered that strategy unfeasible."
Everyone should feel free to comment on what's happening around the homeless camps, but please, no threats of violence, even if joking. There's enough real violence going on that comments like that aren't very funny.