Anna Lo said: “I am appalled that there has been an increase in sex attacks on young women recently.
“This must surely spur on the Executive to provide funding for the Rape Crisis Centre which provides valuable support services and helps raise awareness. There have been some problems in the past in relation to funding for this centre but attacks such as the one at the weekend clearly underline the need for these services.
“The fact that this attack follows so soon the attack in Colin Glen forest park in West Belfast is a real cause for concern. These attacks are totally devastating for the victims and their families.
“I would appeal to women to be very vigilant if they are walking alone at night.
“I would also urge anybody with any information about the attack at the weekend to contact the police.”