Terrified woman fights off man in attempted sexual assault near Dart station
A young woman managed to fight off a man who was allegedly attempting to sexually assault her just yards from her south Dublin home.
The brave woman screamed and kicked the assailant as he tried to drag her into a secluded wooded area in Shankill on Sunday evening.
The woman described how she was "very lucky to be pretty much unharmed" and called on people to be more vigilant when walking alone late at night.
The terrifying incident happened near the Corbawn Lane area of Shankill shortly after 7pm on January 3.
The victim, aged in her early 20s, was making her way home when she noticed a man in his mid-40s following her.
"I was walking home from the shop past the Dart station in Shankill and there was a man, about mid-40s, lingering on the path," the woman said.
"I obviously thought it was a bit odd so I just sped up and overtook him on the path.
"I had my headphones in. He ended up following me into my estate and attacked me and tried to sexually assault me when I was only a few metres from my own house.
"He tried to drag me into the trees, but thankfully I was able to get away by yelling my head off and giving him a sharp kick.
"I am very lucky to be pretty much unharmed, and he didn't see which house was mine."
Gardai are investigating the attempted sexual assault and have appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives at Shankill Garda Station.
The woman wrote about her ordeal on Facebook and pleaded with people walking alone to be aware of their surroundings.
"I just felt like I should post this here as a warning to everyone to please be careful," she wrote. "If you see a strange man or woman, or anyone who looks sketchy, just ring your parents or a friend and get home as quick as you can.
"Keep all your senses aware - no headphones in darker, quieter areas, and always stay near built-up areas if you can."
The message has been shared thousands of times since it was posted yesterday afternoon.
She described the man as wearing a short, black, puffy jacket, and had "dark, greyish hair and blue eyes". He was approximately 5'10" in height and had a Dublin accent.
The latest complete garda figures for a calendar year in the area show an increase of 37pc in rape and sexual assault offences compared to the previous year.
There were 59 such recorded incidents during 2014 in the Dublin Metropolitan Region East Division, which includes the 'F' district station of Shankill, where Sunday's attempted assault occurred.
The Central Statistics Office's figure is much higher than the 43 reports that were made throughout the whole of 2013.