Perth sex at­tack on Al­bany man

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

An Al­bany man said he feared for his life af­ter he was sex­u­ally as­saulted in Perth last week.

The Al­bany man, 19, who wishes to re­main anony­mous, said it was a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal and he wanted to warn oth­ers about walk­ing alone.

The at­tack oc­curred in Perth near the Crown Casino around 6.30pm on Fri­day last week.

“I hon­estly never imag­ined this hap­pen­ing to me or any­one I know, I just want to warn oth­ers be­cause I’m trau­ma­tised from what’s hap­pened and I don’t want it hap­pen­ing to some­one else,” he said.

“I still can’t put it into words how it’s af­fected me be­cause I’m still in shock but af­ter that or­deal I’m left trau­ma­tised and it’s some­thing that’s go­ing to play over in my head over and over.”

The man said he was scared to be alone, al­ways look­ing be­hind afraid it would hap­pen again.

“I al­ready suf­fer from de­pres­sion and anxiety and this has af­fected me emo­tion­ally and men­tally,” he said.

The man said he was walk­ing with his head­phones in, un­able to hear his sur­round­ings, when he was grabbed from be­hind and threat­ened with a knife.

“The man sex­u­ally as­saulted me and tried to put him­self on to me. I was luck­ily enough to es­cape and run to safety,” he said. “I couldn’t de­scribe the man as it was dark but I want peo­ple to know that it isn’t safe to walk alone and that I wouldn’t want this to hap­pen to some­one and the out­come be worse.”

He said his mes­sage to oth­ers is to be safe while be­ing out alone.

“I just want to let every­one know that these things do hap­pen and to just be care­ful wher­ever you go,” he said.

The at­tack was re­ported to Perth and Al­bany po­lice.

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