Attack Survivor Offers Personal Safety Tips

More than a year ago, a Tyler woman survived a attack. Her attacker was a white man who police also haven't caught. She fought him off and escaped a sexual assault, but says she could have done a better job to protect herself.  She wants to teach other women what she learned from her experience.

Probably no one is more aware than Manon, who only wants to use her first name, after surviving an attack.

"It's our all of our responsibilities to stay vigilant and be aware of what's happening in our neighborhood," says Manon.

She offered invaluable ways to avoid becoming a victim to the crowd of hundreds in search of answers about the South Tyler Rapist. She didn't want to relive her attack, but rather let people know there are preventative measures you can take, now.

"Do a little preplanning the criminal has done some preplanning so it behoves us to do a little preplanning."

That's as easy as a view test to make sure you can't see inside your home, A boundary test to lock gates and a strength test to assess how tough your doors and windows are. Also, a communication test is helpful.

"In an emergency, I couldn't call police because I couldn't see because it was not a lighted phone."

Today Manon's senses are heightened. But the night her home was invaded, she ignored the signs.

"My motion lights were going off and on that night. I ignored it completely."

Manon echoes Police advice to be a nosey neighbor. Her screams were heard, but dismissed as something else. Still if you find yourself in Manon's shoes, there are things you can do.

"Do the best that you can to get out of the situation. Fourth is provide police with all the details that you can. And alert you neighbors."

And finally put your life back together.

"I may not now where this person is, the police may not know where this person is, but God knows where he is."

Knowing that makes it that much easier for Manon to go on, and help others.