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Police take 3 hours to respond to sexual assault


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Records show an elderly woman waited three hours for Milwaukee police to respond to her call for help after she was sexually assaulted.
The police records obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel say the 82-year-old woman was assaulted by a stranger after she got off a bus last week. Police acknowledge the response time is excessive and that the case is under review.
The records show the woman's call was initially given "priority 1," but was later downgraded to "priority 3." At one point, the woman called the police dispatcher back and asked if she could take a shower. The dispatcher told the woman not to shower.
The woman told the dispatcher she did not want fire department paramedics to respond because she was worried about paying a possible ambulance bill.

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