You can read her brave story here. http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/07/01/1183228954519.html
She also makes a comment about the person's ethnicity which I regard as a mindset breaking event. Anyhow go read it.
In high school we learnt to go for the "eyes, throat, nose, groin and toes". Struggles are not nicely choreographed dances and in the moment I simply scratched and screamed. But the point is that the self-defence course taught me I had the right to fight back. By talking about and role-playing the situation in advance, I had knowledge to refer to.
These self-defence courses are just as important as courses in road safety, resuscitation and stranger danger.
A couple of hundred Australians drown every year. But about 100,000 women experience sexual assault every year, the Bureau of Statistics says. If schools spent as much time teaching young women to defend themselves as they do teaching resuscitation, perhaps these statistics would be different.
Martial arts is not enough. There are lots of martial arts courses that teach the "art" of physical engagement, but when someone is assaulting you for real, "respect for your opponent" means nothing and it's the dirty, below-the-belt tactics you need to know. That's not to imply that women who haven't fought back have made an error of judgment. But women at least need to have that option available to them.I hope they catch the scumbag. And they should cane him with a rottan until he screams like a pig and begs for mercy. Then show him some porn photos- and cane him some more... Then castrate the dickhead with a blunt butter knife.
Unfortunately, this is Australia so he'd be sent for counselling- and do some prison time on a farm. And after 2 years sent along his merry way to rape and pillage some more.