A Letter From My Mother

Darling daughter,

These have been my thoughts since that evening.

I felt angry that someone has hurt or tried to hurt my daughter. I am now rather nervous about either you or your sister travelling late at night. I used to be nervous when you were younger and has just started travelling by yourselves but recently I’d stopped worrying.

This has made me feel vulnerable. Things like this don’t happen to my family. I would read about these things in the paper with other people, faceless people, as victims. Now I realise that we aren’t immune and that nasty things can happen to us.

I feel very proud of you. You have proved yourself as strong and seem to be doing okay but I feel I need to watch you and make sure you don’t start to react adversely.

I am delighted that your boyfriend has moved in with us. I’m so happy that he was there and that he now walks you home from the station whenever you get home. One of your friends made a comment about ‘controlling’ behaviour from us since the event. They have forgotten what you’ve gone through. It’s nice for us to know you’re safe and that he can be your ‘bodyguard’ without us even having to ask.

I’m grateful that you had the guts to scream and will always be eternally grateful that those people came so quickly. So much worse could have happened.

When I read the articles it was so difficult. Incredibly odd to imagine this story involving you. You will eventually stop trembling whenever we talk about what happened. Even in these last few weeks the uncontrollable trembling has reduced to light shaking.

It will all be okay,

Another mother

A Letter to my saviour

Dear sir,

I am writing to you to thank you for your actions on the night of the 1st of April. I apologise that I do not remember your name but I wanted you to know how much everything you did means to me and my family.

I know that you were the one to intervene and protect me in my time of need and that you reported it to the police as well. I have been told that your statement was amazingly detailed and gave the police everything they needed.

There really aren’t the right words to express just how much you’ve done for me and the people I care about. I hope you know that there are so many people who are truly thankful for your incredible selflessness and heroism. Now looking back on what happened that evening I often think about what you and the lady with you did. Although there was one person looking to hurt me, there were two incredible people there to help without hesitation.

All my best wishes and thanks,

Another girl

Another Girls Story

After my first few posts you may be wondering what happened to me, so now I’ll let you know.

I was out celebrating a friends birthday and got a taxi back to where my boyfriend lived. The bus lane was closed and so was the road, so I got out of the taxi to make the two minute walk to his front door.

That’s when it happened. But although it was a frightening experience, I was lucky in many ways.

When the man approached me I had just finished a phone call with my boyfriend and was in the middle of texting him that I was close. When I was pushed my finger clicked on the record button and accidentally recorded it. I realised what I’d done and managed to send this to my boyfriend. This has had an amazing impact on my case.

Then another lucky thing happened to me. As I was screaming for help a girl ran out of her flat to protect me. When she appeared the man got off me and began to run away.

Then more luck came my way when a passer-by chased the man away. He then called my boyfriend off of my phone and the two of them held and comforted me.

When my boyfriend arrived moments later I was looked after and protected by all three of them in an incredible act of selflessness.

I then immediately called the police because I knew instinctively that I never wanted anyone else to be in that situation and end up less lucky than me. The man that protected me also reported the incident.

That whole evening I was questioned by two policemen. These two men where incredible. In a terrible moment of confusion, shock and fear they made me feel comfortable and supported me with incredible care.

The next morning I was greeted by the policewoman who has held my hand throughout these last two months. She drove me to the haven where the three women did their absolute best to do all the tests in as sensitive way as possible.

My experience of that evening and the next day was severely traumatic however I remind myself constantly of one fact.

Although there was one person trying to hurt me, there were three there to selflessly protect me, and many more afterwards. 

Introducing Another Girl

Hello there,

I’d like to introduce myself.

I’m just another girl, one like many you’ve met before. I’m just like your sister, like most of your friends and the girl your mother used to be.

On April 1st 2017 I was attacked by another man. A man I didn’t know, but who has many women in his life just like me.

I’ve decided to start this blog in order to express the complex feelings that have come from that evening.

I’d like my story to help other girls just like me to come forward with their stories. Although my journey has been hard I believe everything I’ve done has been worth it to protect the other girls.

Best wishes,

Another girl

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