Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Columbia police are searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Columbia's Five Points this week.

According to officers, the man forced the victim into a secluded area in the 700 block of Saluda Street around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

During the incident, the victim also suffered significant facial injuries after the suspect hit her several times. As a result, the female received medical treatment.

News 19 spoke with several women about safety in Five Points.