In a horrifying story from Omsk, Russia, a mother says she was raped while on her way to end her own life.
The 25-year-old woman, who was not named, reportedly left her home around midnight, leaving her 2-year-old child with her mother, and planned to jump off of a bridge, according to Daily Mail. The woman had recently separated from her husband and wanted to end her life.
The woman was reportedly raped while walking to the bridge from which she planned to jump.
Once she got to the bridge, taxi driver Yevgeny, who was passing by, managed to talk her off of the edge.
"I don't even remember what words I found to rescue her," Yevgeny said. "The main thing is that I managed to persuade her away from death."
"I rescued her, she was raped by some b**tard, and she wanted to jump down," recalled Yevgeny, who then took the woman to a police station.
She is now reported to be receiving counseling after her ordeal.
A 26-year-old suspect has been arrested in the rape case, according to the Russian Investigative Committee.
According to Suicide.org, many rape victims suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or depression after they are raped, which in many cases can lead to suicide. According to statistics from the site, around 33 percent of rape victims are reported to have suicidal thoughts, and about 13 percent of victims attempt to take their own lives.
According to statistics from the Medical University of South Carolina, nearly one-third of rape victims develop PTSD during their lifetime, and are 6.2 times more likely to develop PTSD than women who had not been victims of sexual assault. The results came from the National Women's Study.
Rape victims were also found to be more likely to experience at least one major depressive episode, with 30 percent of sexual assault survivors reporting they had a depressive episode compared with 10 percent of women who had not been victims. The survivors were also found to be more likely to have substance abuse problems.
In another story, in New York City in August, a man talked a woman out of jumping off of a beam in a subway station, New York Daily News reports.
The man followed the woman onto the beam, 20 feet above the platform where trains pull in and out, and gently talked her out of jumping off, witnesses said.
"The only thing I overheard was the young girl saying nobody cares about her," said 38-year-old Michal Klein, who witnessed the incident. "It was just like a random person who went over to keep her calm."
"I just hope that she gets help," said Klein.
Police soon arrived to help the woman, escorting her to an ambulance.