Norwich sex attack victim repays charities who helped her
- Credit: Steve Adams
A brave sexual assault victim who waived her right to anonymity has raised nearly £1,000 for charity after doing a sponsored skydive, despite having a fear of heights.
Dana Creedon, 23, of Norwich, who works as a model, said she 'had the best time ever' after leaping from a plane, and hopes her story will help make others more aware of the risks of sexual assaults occurring.
'Once we were on our way up on the plane there was no turning back,' she said. 'When the doors opened I didn't think I could do it, but the only way down was to jump and it was amazing.'
She was inspired to do the skydive to raise money for the Harbour Centre, which is Norfolk's sexual assault referral centre, and the Sue Lambert Trust, which supports survivors of sexual abuse.
The charities provided help for her after she was attacked by Abdul Sikdar in the early hours of New Year's Day last year.
Sikdar, of Silver Road, who was then 32, pinned her against a wall and assaulted her near her home in Earlham. He was subsequently jailed for more than five years at Norwich Crown Court after admitting sexual assault. Sikdar was ordered to spend a further five years on licence.
Judge Katharine Moore described him as a 'dangerous offender who posed a significant risk to lone women'.
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Miss Creedon has set up a Facebook page called 'Action on Sexual Assaults' and has offered to give rape alarms to anyone who contacts her on the page.
'I don't want people to feel ashamed or guilty if they are assaulted and I will fight to stop these things happening.'
She has raised just under £1,000 so far and will split the money equally between the two charities at the start of February, meaning there is still time to donate.
To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Dana-Creedon or text 70070 and start your text with the code DWQX80 before putting the amount you wish to donate.
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