Woman Given Award After Fighting Off Sex Attacker

A young woman from Sheffield, England, has been given a bravery award after fighting back against a man who tried to rape her.

On Nov. 1, 2015, a 21-year-old woman was attacked by 35-year-old Jonathan Holmes.  According to Metro, the woman realized she was being followed, so she informed her partner and prepared herself by grabbing her house keys.

According to CCTV footage, Holmes was seen following the woman for more than an hour. He was also caught trying to hide behind walls and observe women who were walking alone.

After following the unidentified woman for about a mile, Holmes dragged her into the bushes and attempted to rape her.

During the incident, the victim managed to scream for help, punch the attacker in his face and stomach with her keys, and bite his tongue. Holmes reportedly told the woman, "You are going to enjoy this."  After fighting back, she replied, "You won’t do that to a woman again."

"My life would have been over," she said. "He might as well have killed me right there. I was so terrified but so angry."

Two passersby heard the woman’s cries and chased Holmes away. While attempting escape, Holmes tried to jump over a railing and injured himself.

Holmes was sentenced to four and a half years behind bars. His legal representation stated that he cannot express why he decided to act in the manner that he did.

Due to this act of courageousness, police honored her with a bravery award.

"You displayed an astonishing level of bravery during this investigation, your actions undoubtedly deterred the offender from continuing his assault and your detailed recollection of such a traumatic event, led to the arrest, conviction and imprisonment of a very dangerous criminal," said Scott Green, South Yorkshire Police superintendent.

The 21-year-old was commended for helping the city be a safer place for all women.

Sources: Metro, [2] / Photo credit: Metro

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