Victim impact: “I can’t stop thinking that anything is possible now”

The women have described the lasting impact of the attacks. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The women have described the lasting impact of the attacks. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Statements by the women attacked on the canal towpath in Leeds have given an insight into the lasting effects.

The 40-year-old jogger said: “Initially when I was dragged to the ground I didn’t realise what was happening, it all happened so fast but then realising what the male intended to do to me made me fight harder and I knew I had to get away.

I feel really paranoid now and keep checking that no one is behind me.

Victim, aged 26

“I was more determined to fight him off and I remember thinking ‘You are not raping me’.

“I can’t stop thinking that anything is possible now. Before I always thought that things like this would never happen to me but now that it has I feel anxious knowing that anything bad can happen.”

Another of the victims, the 26-year-old woman, said it had also changed the way she lived her life.

“I used to love taking my dog out for walks but now I daren’t. I won’t take the dog to the park or the woods,” she said.

“This has really affected my partner and family. My partner doesn’t want me to be on my own, he wouldn’t even leave me in the house on my own and stopped going to football so that he could stay with me. My Ddd has started picking me up from work when he can.

“I feel really paranoid now and keep checking that no one is behind me. I keep waking up in the middle of the night and checking the door handles to make sure they are locked and that no one is outside.”

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