I was indecently assaulted yesterday, walking home from a yoga class, 3.45pm, in daylight, on a main road.
I'm determined not to let this experience beat me, although it has left me shaken and angry. Mumtopia is supposed to be a blog about positive things, I know. I'm writing about it because the police have been very supportive and have taken me seriously, and I absolutely know that, just a generation ago, I wouldn't have been listened to. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to swear and shout at my attacker, and that it was not a prolonged or more serious assault. It was also a chance to show my children that I can be strong, and the North Yorkshire police are there to help us.
I had to give my apologies for a meeting at school yesterday evening so I could give a witness statement (I was open about what had happened - I refuse to be ashamed); today I received a bouquet of flowers from the school. And I am lucky enough to have a family who love me and friends who care.
I suspect the man who groped me doesn't.