Unity Wara within the part of observe at Kawaroa Park, New Plymouth, the place a person grabbed her on Saturday.
Police say a number of girls have reported being harassed on a well-liked strolling and biking observe in New Plymouth.
On Saturday morning, Unity Wara used kickboxing expertise to battle off a person who tried to seize her as she cycled by means of Kawaroa Park, close to town’s Coastal Walkway.
Police are nonetheless on the hunt for Wara’s attacker, who grabbed her from behind.
Wara stated she had been inundated with messages of assist for the reason that assault, together with from about 5 girls who stated they’d additionally been harassed within the park throughout the final 12 months.
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“I’ve obtained a sense it is likely to be the identical particular person,” she stated.
A police media spokesperson confirmed the investigation was ongoing and stated they have been conscious of a number of different incidents in the identical park over the previous 12 months.
“Police are conscious of a number of complaints relating to behavior in Kawaroa Park during the last 12 months and are conserving an open thoughts as as to whether any of those are linked to the latest incident,” the spokesperson stated.
Wara continues to be fearful the identical factor will occur to another person.
“I really feel like, have they appeared sufficient?” she stated.
The 43-year-old stated she went into battle or flight mode and managed to beat off her attacker utilizing kick-boxing expertise she learnt when she was 16.
She is asking for the New Plymouth District Council owned park to be higher maintained to assist forestall related incidents.
“It hit me yesterday, and I used to be processing it,” she stated.
Wara stated the bushes ought to be reduce as there isn’t any visibility to the encompassing park or roads, making it straightforward for somebody to cover.
“It’s fairly thick,” she stated, “I felt slightly bit condensed.
“I personally assume they need to do one thing about it.”
Wara stated she would not be strolling or biking by means of the observe and inspired others to not put on headphones within the bush.
“I do not assume folks ought to stroll there with headphones on.
“It’s fairly essential for different girl to have a look at doing a self-defence course.”
Police encourage anybody with any issues or related info to contact them on the 105 quantity.