YEP Says, April 23: Rape victim’s courage deserves a breakthrough

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AS THE manhunt continues for the monster who raped a teenager at a Leeds bus stop and left her for dead, his victim has shown incredible courage to speak about her ordeal for the first time.

AS THE manhunt continues for the monster who raped a teenager at a Leeds bus stop and left her for dead, his victim has shown incredible courage to speak about her ordeal for the first time.

Viewers of BBC1’s Crimewatch will tonight hear her tell of the harrowing experience which began when she was snatched while she waited for a bus on Beeston Road last month.

Dragged into a nearby garden and hit repeatedly over the head with a rock before being raped, the 18-year-old is still unable to sleep at night because the memories of the savage attack keep flooding back.

It is to be hoped that the bravery she’s showing is rewarded with viewers getting in touch with the programme with fresh leads for detectives to follow.

The show’s recreation of the incident may also prove vital – not only in jogging the memory of potential witnesses but also reinforcing the need to catch this individual before he strikes again.

Someone out there, perhaps unwittingly, is harbouring a predator who poses a clear and serious danger to women in the city.

The slightest suspicion about someone they know must result in them picking up the phone.

Knowing her attacker is off the streets might just help his young victim sleep soundly again – and keep the nightmares at bay.

Money that will make city better

THERE are so many wonderful groups across Leeds who work hard to make life better for those in their communities – but they could do even more with just a bit of extra money.

So it’s wonderful to give them a leg-up with grants from the YEP-backed Red Nose Day Community Cash campaign.

The funding of between £500 and £1,000 for organisations as diverse as Cloth Cat Studios in Holbeck, Cross Gates Drop-in, Leeds Health Walks and local football clubs and Brownie groups, has the potential to do so much good.

We are sure that the money will help them to continue their tireless work making Leeds a better place for us all.

Bernard Kenny, the man who risked his own life to try and save MP Jo Cox, has died.

YEP Says: Bernard Kenny, a real national hero