Man sexually assaults backpacker for hours after she falls off 150 ft cliff while trying to run away from him
25-year-old Hannah Gavios, who was assaulted by 28-year-old Apai Ruangwong in Thailand, is planning to run the New York Marathon next month to raise funds for spinal cord research
The 25-year-old Hannah Gavios, who was left nearly paralyzed for life after being subjected to a horrific sexual assault in Thailand, is reportedly planning to run the New York Marathon next month to raise funds for a spinal cord research charity.
Hannah, who is from New York, was teaching in Thailand when the incident occurred. Hannah was assaulted by a local man, Apai Ruangwong, after she asked him for directions to her hotel in Krabi. Reports state that the 28-year-old man instead led her to a wooded area and attacked her, according to Dailystar.
The man attempted to rip off her clothes but she fought back, bit off his ear and, in an attempt to run away from him, she blindly ran off the edge of a cliff. The fall left her crippled waist down as she smashed her head on the ground.
However, the nightmare was not yet over for Hannah as the assaulter came down the cliff and sexually assaulted her for several hours as she lay there helpless and in excruciating pain. The man then left and later returned with people who raised alarm. He was eventually exposed and was arrested.
Reports state that, since the incident, Hannah has ended a year of intensive physical therapy and can now walk with leg braces and crutches. Her recovery has been remarkable as the 25-year-old also received her yoga teaching certification and now works out at rock-climbing gyms and is learning martial arts.
Hannah, while talking to the New York Post, said: "I'm going to be a functioning human — I don’t want to feel like I’m left behind. The doctors were a little negative [about my ability to walk]. I was scared that I’d never be able to move or feel my feet again. I have to work extra, extra hard just to walk a block, to get up the stairs. But all that hard work makes me a stronger person.”
Hannah has reportedly been training for the New York Marathon, working out for six hours and walking 16 miles a day. She is running to raise money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. She said that the time it will take for her to finish the marathon does not matter: "I might be out there for 12 hours or more, but the goal is finishing it.”