A solo traveler has once again experienced the terrifying moment of being sexually assaulted by another road user while riding a moped in Bali.
The 31-year-old Laura Fattore has been traveling around the world for eight years, but currently lives in Uluwatu on the southwestern peninsula of Bali.
On August 31, she decided when she rented a scooter to explore the island.
She rode down a quiet road to avoid congestion when a stranger, also on a moped, stood next to her and touched her bare breasts.
& # 39; On the day of the attack, I did my shopping and went home, & # 39; said Mrs. Fattore.
& # 39; I was wearing my favorite outfit – it is a romper without shoulder straps and I was wearing my backpack. & # 39;
Laura Fattore (photo), 31, lived in Uluwatu on the southwestern peninsula of Bali when she decided to rent a scooter to explore the island
Mrs. Fattore, a trained nurse, said she was only 15 minutes away from her apartment when she saw a man riding her on a white scooter.
& # 39; He was driving behind me for a while … which was strange, I drive so slowly that almost everyone passes me … I just thought he was looking for his turn or something.
& # 39; But he was watching me.
& # 39; The moment no one else was visible, he zoomed in next to me.
& # 39; He pulled down my strapless top and exposed both my breasts. & # 39;
Mrs. Fattore, who originally came from Chicago but lived in Perth, said she did her best not to crash and was powerless to prevent the man from touching her.
& # 39; He started touching me. It felt aggressive. I shouted. I glanced at him, but really, I was focused on the road, & she said.
& # 39; I didn't want to crash. I didn't know how to protect myself against him. The only thing I could think of was protecting myself against a moped accident.
& # 39; I don't know how long he was there. Maybe a minute. And then he ran away.
& # 39; I tried to remember his license plate, but it was too much, too fast … I could only stop on the side of the road.
& # 39; I curled into a ball on the floor and began to sob. & # 39;
The traveler said she had a panic attack and could hardly breathe when three Indonesian residents stopped and helped her and she called a friend.
Mrs. Fattore explained that she was only 15 minutes away from her apartment when she saw a man riding her white scooter next to her. & # 39; The moment nobody else was visible, he zoomed in next to me in & # 39;
But it was only when she was home alone when she realized that the strange man had wanted to hurt her.
& # 39; I undressed and found a big scratch on my chest – it's as if it somehow validated the experience … That it wasn't fake that he wanted to hurt me. That he hurt me. & # 39;
Mrs. Fattore said the attack was so upset because in the past she had always been careful when traveling alone.
& # 39; I grabbed my bottom in Nicaragua while cycling, and a man grabbed me around the neck and waist in Guatemala, & # 39; she said.
& # 39; I hit him with the umbrella I was holding and he left – I was pretty restless afterwards, but I felt that I was in control of the situation.
& # 39; This time I thought I had taken enough precautions to be safe.
& # 39; I left outfits at home that might have been too revealing for this culture. I don't just stay late. I'm not just getting drunk.
Mrs. Fattore said the attack was so upset because in the past she had always been careful when traveling alone
& # 39; When I walk alone, I have my club in my hand. Even in a group, when it is dark, I have my club in my hand.
& # 39; I took Krav Maga classes in Perth, Australia, to help me learn how to protect myself against an attack.
& # 39; But in the end it didn't matter. & # 39;
She also admitted that the attack had frightened her so much that she could hardly go out on Bali alone.
& # 39; The first few days I was so timid and anxious.
& # 39; I was afraid that I could no longer travel in the same way.
& # 39; Every time a driver passed me a bit, I became tense. I started to tear up a few times.
Mrs. Fattore (photo) has been traveling for eight years and previously lived in Perth, Australia
& # 39; The morning was really tough, I felt scared to go outside.
& # 39; My mother called me every morning and talked me through and made sure I got out of bed to have a great day.
& # 39; I let myself jump on the moped again and drive to a cafe, but the ride was terrible.
& # 39; I felt so vulnerable and alone. I was thousands of miles away from good friends or family.
& # 39; I just wanted to be home and hide in my room for the rest of the journey and I hated feeling that way – that's not who I am.
& # 39; I love to travel and explore different parts of the world, but suddenly the world just felt like a scary place.
Mrs Fattore (photo) said that sexual violence made her feel like the world was a scary place
& # 39; I just wanted a hug from a friend, but there was none. & # 39;
Mrs Fattore said that sharing her story was a powerful experience and that she wanted other chances of survival to know that they are not alone.
& # 39; I want other women to know that they can try to keep themselves safer, and I also want women to know that if they are ever attacked, it's not their fault – they shouldn't be afraid to tell people what happened.
& # 39; Being abused is bad enough, let alone living with shame and guilt.
& # 39; It was a great experience to share my story – so many women I know and many I don't know have contacted me to tell me about an attack that happened to them.
The 31-year-old said she had forced herself to do some long moped adventures since the assault (photo: the moped, Mrs. Fattore rode when she was sexually assaulted)
& # 39; Many were too scared to tell people what happened, at least in the beginning.
& # 39; I hate so many women falling victim to this, but I really love how women can come together and support each other.
& # 39; All messages of support really helped me to handle this and get through it so well. & # 39;
Mrs. Fattore also said that she had forced herself to do some long moped adventures since the attack.
& # 39; Now I feel more confident and loved than ever.
& # 39; I had a terrible interaction with another person, but so many beautiful ones ever since! I am sure that a wave of fear may occasionally appear, but I know I can get through it. & # 39;
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