Posted November 18, 2018 17:36:18A mother has come forward with a shocking story after she said she was attacked by men while using public transport in Melbourne.
Key points:Melbourne mother says she “couldn’t breathe” as she waited for her trainThe woman, who does not want to be identified, says she had her “body stripped”The woman claims the men followed her from the station and assaulted herAfter walking home alone on December 1, 2017, the woman stopped off at the Metro station on King Street, near the CBD, where she boarded her bus.
She says she could not breathe and was unable to talk to anyone.
The woman says she felt “very helpless” because she had to explain what had happened to the men she was travelling with.
“I just couldn’t breathe, I could barely breathe.
I could feel blood coming out of my mouth,” she told the ABC.”
They were following me.
It was like I was on the edge of my seat.”
The woman said she felt she was being watched.
“You could feel the police presence and I didn’t know what was happening, but I didn, and I couldn’t say anything,” she said.
The incident was not reported to police and she has no recollection of being attacked.
The Metro police investigation has not been made public.
The mother’s account prompted a national debate about how public transport works in the country, with many women calling for changes to the way women are treated.
A spokesperson for the Metro, which runs the rail network, said it was aware of the story and was aware the woman spoke to the ABC about the incident.
“We have since reviewed our security measures for our public transport systems, including CCTV and enhanced security measures to ensure the safety of our customers,” the spokesperson said.
“The safety of all Metro passengers and staff is our highest priority.”‘
I can’t breathe’As the ABC’s Stephanie Ritchie reported from Melbourne’s CBD, a man followed the woman from the train station and approached her from behind.
“He pulled me out of the carriage, pushed me into the carriage and put his hand down my pants,” the woman said.”[The man] said to me, ‘Do you have a problem with me?’
I told him no, I don’t have a trouble with anyone.”
The man then allegedly punched her in the mouth and threatened to call the police.
She told the Australian Financial Reviews website that the man then told her he was going to kill her and that he was the only person who could do it.
“It was like someone was in a gun fight,” she wrote.
“My head was spinning.
He was trying to grab my head and push me into another seat.
I didn´t know what to do.
I was in shock.”
The mother was left with a swollen lip and bruising to her face.
“When he came back and he punched me again, he pulled me back, threw me against the wall and pushed me up against the railings,” she explained.
“So I couldn´t move at all.
I couldn`t breathe, and there was blood all over my face.”‘
My head wasn’t spinning’A woman told the Financial Review about her experience.
She said she managed to walk home on Christmas Eve and was able to go to a toilet.
“There were a lot of men staring at me and I was just trying to get out of their sight, and when I tried to leave I was so scared that I couldnt even get out the door,” she recalled.
“But the police were here and they said they could come get me.
I had to leave the train and walk home.”
She said the men who attacked her did not stop for her, but instead continued to follow her as she walked.
“One of the guys asked me if I had a problem.
I said no, it was just my clothes,” she added.
The attack was not the first time she had been the victim of violence while travelling in the CBD.
“Two years ago I got attacked by a man in a wheelchair, in a public place, and he grabbed me,” she recounted.
“That was a big shock for me.
The police were there, but he didn’t do anything.
The next day I went to the police and said I could have done something better.
I have been in the public transport system for five years and I haven’t experienced anything like that.”
People should be safe in public transport.
I can’t believe that I have had to deal with this.
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