(TELEGRAPH) — A woman who was subjected to a violent sexual assault has described how she bit off a portion of her attacker's tongue in order to obtain DNA evidence to use against the man.
Speaking to ITV's This Morning, 29-year-old Adele Barber waived her right to anonymity as the victim of a sexual assault to encourage others who suffer a similar situation to try to secure evidence.
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Adele, from Dunstable, said: "It was only five o'clock in the afternoon. I was just coming back from a Doctor's appointment. I mean you don't assume anything is going to happen that early. It was getting dark, it was January but yes a guy coming out of an alley way just brushed past me.
"I didn't think anything of it. He caught my eye and I thought he was just trying to be a bit flirtatious or something. But he carried on walking so I didn't think anything more of it. Then as I carried on into the alley I heard footsteps running up behind me. I thought 'OK' maybe he wants to catch my number or something like that. And I turned around and he pushed me up against a wall and that's when the attack started."