Rapist will not ruin my life

Inquiries: Police at the tram stop in Hillsborough.
Inquiries: Police at the tram stop in Hillsborough.
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A WOMAN dragged from a city street and raped by a man who pretended he needed her help today revealed the ordeal has destroyed her faith in human nature.

But the 47-year-old mother and grandmother vowed the rapist would not ruin her life forever.

“I am strong and I am better than that,” she said.

“I don’t know how long it will take - months, years - but I will not let him win.”

Speaking exclusively to The Star, the woman said her trust in people has been destroyed by the rapist - who called out to her for help before dragging her into bushes and subjected her to a degrading assault.

“He asked me for help,” she said. “If he had just said, ‘Come here’, I wouldn’t have done - but I thought he needed help. It’s human nature to go to somebody if they ask for help.”

Breaking down in tears as she described the attack, she said she feels ‘sad’ that she will never agree to help anyone ever again.

“I am a different person now. I used to be so happy-go-lucky and kind.

“But now if somebody asked me for help I would not be able to help them - and that upsets me,” she said.

The woman had enjoyed a night out, and was standing near the Bamforth Street tram stop in Hillsborough, when the rapist called out for help as he stood at the top of a flight of steps leading to Langsett Crescent.

Holding her head in her hands, the woman said: “To do what he did to me that night, he has no feelings.

“I can’t stop thinking about it. I feel sick all the time, and every time I shut my eyes I see his face. I remember his hair.”

The woman said she cannot sleep, and added: “It’s true what they say about rape victims feeling dirty - you do.”

But she vowed not to be beaten by her terrible ordeal.

She has already revisited the crime scene with detectives, and helped police put together an e-fit of the attacker, and is due to undergo specialist counselling to help her come to terms with her experience.

“He has ruined my life, for now - but not forever,” she vowed.

“He has to be caught. I came forward and reported him because I know he needs to be off the streets.

“Hopefully now other people will come forward and tell the police who he is.”

The rapist was possibly Asian, around 6ft tall, and had slightly wavy jet black hair down to his jaw line, parted in the middle.

* Anyone with information about the attack - at 10.30pm last Saturday - should call South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 and quote incident 331 of Sunday, September 25, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.