Shortly after 1ppm on Tuesday police were called to King Henry Court in Sunderland after a woman was found unresponsive by a member of the public outside an address. Emergency services were subsequently called to the scene.
Enquiries into the circumstances that led to the woman being found are ongoing but police do believe she is the victim of a sexual assault.
She has not suffered any serious physical injuries but she is understandably very shaken and is currently being supported by specialist officers at this time.
Today, detectives are appealing for your help and are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious in the area on Tuesday morning and up to lunchtime to come forward.
Equally, if you have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the King Henry Court area in recent days, either hanging around on foot or in a vehicle, detectives want to hear from you.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 quoting log 440 031120.