Woman Flees Sex Attack, Survives 12 Days in Wilderness

Got lost in forest, survived on berries
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2013 1:51 AM CDT
The woman became lost after fleeing into the woods from a country road in Alberta.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A Canadian woman who fled into a forest to escape an attacker has been found alive after 12 days lost in the wilderness. Police in Alberta say that after a truck carrying the woman and four other people broke down on a rural road, she was left alone with a man while others went for help, the Globe and Mail reports. When the others were gone, he struck her and tried to sexually assault her. "She fled into the bush and, when she was in there, she got lost and disoriented and couldn’t find her way out again," a police spokesman says.

The woman, who survived by drinking river water and foraging for berries, was eventually found walking down a dirt road. She is being treated in the hospital for exposure and for a broken jaw she suffered in the attack. Her alleged attacker—who told investigators he had no idea where she was after she was reported missing—has been charged with sexual assault, aggravated assault, and obstructing a peace officer. (Read more Canada stories.)

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