Sex attack in Brixton left me scared to go out, says dog walker

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<p>The woman’s attacker has been jailed for more than four years</p> (Matt Writtle)

The woman’s attacker has been jailed for more than four years

(Matt Writtle)

A designer who was forced to the ground and sexually assaulted while walking her dog has told how she suffered “every female’s nightmare”.

The woman, 31, told the Standard that the attack, near her home in Brixton, south London, had left her in fear of going out alone.

She said she wanted to speak out because “as a society we need to start thinking about what we can do to stop men from committing sexual assault and violence against women”.

Her attacker, Nahom Binyam, 21, was jailed for more than four years for the vicious assault at 7am on a morning in July last year.

Binyam pleaded guilty to sexual assault and attempted penetration and was described by detectives as “dangerous and predatory”.

He followed his victim, first shouting after her before grabbing her and pinning her to the ground, Inner London Crown Court heard during his sentencing on February 9.

The woman only escaped after she bit Binyam’s hand, which he had tried to put over her mouth, screamed and managed to alert a passer-by.

She said: “The attack left me nervous to go out and very paranoid. It is every female’s nightmare to be targeted in this way. I was just walking my pup.”

Nahom Binyam carried out the vicious assault in July 2020Met police
Nahom Binyam carried out the vicious assault in July 2020Met police

The location where he struck was under two miles from the spot where Sarah Everard went missing.

The death of the 33-year-old marketing executive, who was living in Brixton, led to a huge outcry for the streets to be made safer for women.

The woman said: “I don’t think the problem is London-specific; the problem is that men commit acts of violence and sexual assault against women and can get away with it because our approach to the problem is to tackle the issue after the act of violence has been committed.

“There is a spectrum of behaviour - from cat calls and verbal harassment to physical sexual assault and violence that men commit against women. It’s this spectrum behaviour that men commit against women that need to be addressed.

“We need to reflect on why men treat women like this. It’s fundamental and begins with misogyny and men needing to feel in control and in power. Men should not catcall women on the street and this misogyny must stop. We should criminalise this whole spectrum of behaviour - and there should be criminal consequences for behaviours such as cat calling and sexual harassment - as these often lead to sexual assault and violence.

“I’m speaking out because we as a society need to start thinking about what we can do to stop men from committing sexual assault and violence against women. We need to do more to stop men from getting away with treating women this way and that starts with recognising all misogynistic behaviour across the spectrum should all be considered criminal.”

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