A woman has described how she was attacked and stabbed in the head by a man who was holding a surgical note.
The woman was on the way to an appointment when she was assaulted on the M1 in Perth on Saturday.
“It was quite a scary moment for me and my family as we walked to the appointment,” the woman, who asked not to be named, told AAP.
“He pulled me towards him, and I was screaming and screaming, ‘Help me!
I’m a nurse, I’m not leaving this place’.” She said she was punched, kicked and bitten.
“I was bleeding all over my head, my face, and it felt like my skin was going to fall off,” she said.
The victim, who was not injured, was taken to hospital with cuts and bruises, and has since been discharged.
“We are a busy hospital, and we have a lot of patients coming in for our care,” the hospital’s emergency director, Paul Taylor, said.
“Unfortunately, this is one of those incidents where there is no doubt it could have been avoided.”
The woman said she feared for her life and was not going to let the attack pass without a fight.
“If I could just go back in time and have it not happened to me, I would’ve never done it,” she told the ABC.
The attack has sparked outrage on social media.
One user posted: “So many people on social networks have been horrified by the brutality of this incident.
This is the sort of thing that should be expected from our country’s most prestigious hospital.”
It is appalling to think a woman could be subjected to this.
“Another wrote: “What a horrible, disgusting, and vile act.
What’s worse is this hospital doesn’t have a policy against sexual harassment.
I hope this isn’t an isolated incident.