Drunk US student who lost her way brutally beaten, raped by stranger who pretended to help her
Andrea Sicignano, 27, was approached by a man in Madrid, Spain after she got on the wrong bus and was violently attacked and raped by him
A 27-year-old student was allegedly beaten and raped by a stranger at a bus stop in Spain when she was on her way home from a night out. The brave woman has now shared photos of her bloodied face after the ordeal. Andrea Sicignano, who originally hails from the US, was violently attacked just days before Christmas while studying in Spain, Daily Mail reports.
After getting the wrong bus and ending up in an unfamiliar part of Madrid, Sicihnano was approached by a man when she appeared "lost and upset." When at first he offered to help her, the student became uncomfortable and tried to leave. It was then that he began beating her senseless, injuring her to an extent that she couldn't see through the blood covering her eyes.
Sicignano claims she screamed and tried to fight back. When she tried to reach for her phone, the attacker told her in Spanish: "I have your phone, you can't call anyone." She closed her eyes and played dead as she was certain she would die as he continued to rape and beat her. She opened her eyes sometime later, only to find that the man had disappeared.
In a harrowing Facebook post on December 19, Sicignano detailed the alleged horrific attack and shared images of the deep cuts and bruises on her face. "I have been living in Madrid for the last 6 months and I had a friend visiting me this past weekend," she wrote. "We went out for the night to see a Flamenco show. We were both drunk, and when we left the final bar we got separated. Trying to get home, I got on the wrong bus, which took me to the end of the line in an unfamiliar area. I was the last to get off the bus; all other riders had left the stop. I sat down on the bench at the bus stop to figure out my next move.
"A man who had been on the bus, seeing that I was lost and upset, sat down next to me and offered me help. I was lost at 4 am, and all public transport had stopped running. I needed help and this man assured me he could help me get home."
She claims that the man began to hit her in the face when she tried to get away from him before leaving her in a "puddle of her own blood."
"I pretended to be dead," she recalled. "I prayed that when I opened my eyes he would be gone. I don’t know how much time passed before I finally opened my eyes, but when I did, he had disappeared.
"He raped me. I ran barefoot into the street, screaming at the top of my lungs for help. I was waving frantically, and yet three or four cars drove past me. Finally, one stopped. I ran to it, screaming. Blood covered my face, hair, and jacket. A kind stranger—whom I’ll never have the chance to thank — called the ambulance and tried to soothe me while we waited for them to arrive."
Sicignano was rushed the hospital and treated for her swollen eye before undergoing an MRI scan and a rape test kit. "My nose fractured in 4 places. I had bruises and scratches covering my body," she added. That said, Madrid Police has been investigating the alleged incident since it happened.
"These last few days have been a blur of medical appointments, legal meetings, and a police investigation," Sicignano said. "The Madrid police have been unbelievably helpful throughout this entire process, they made my case a top priority. Watching video footage from the bus ride, I watched the man watch me throughout the journey.
"He could have killed me. In a puddle of my own blood, he left me in the dark—barely 20 paces from the main road. For all he knew I was dead. But I survived. I’m still here. The only emotion I’ve been able to come up with throughout this entire week has been relief. Relief that I’m still alive."
According to local media, the suspect was arrested three days after Andrea reported the alleged attack to police. In a bid to cover some of the medical expenses and to raise money for sexual assault victims, Sicignano and her loved ones have set up a crowdfunding page on GoFundMe.