23 year-old Hannah Gavios awoke in hospital to the most traumatic memories of how she got there. The young New Yorker was in Thailand, backpacking. She was attacked by a vicious and sick-minded man who chased her on some clifftops. She slipped and fell to escape him. Her drop? 150ft. Prone, unable to move, she had broken her back. But that was just the beginning of the terror.
For ten long hours, Apai Ruangwong s*xually assaulted poor Hannah. In agony and incapable of any movement, she had to wait for him to become bored and eventually flee. It’s a crime that will never leave her. And his sentence? A pathetic five years in jail.
Hannah bravely recalls her attack: ‘I honestly thought I was going to die. I hit my head a few times and landed on a big bump. I was screaming in pain. It was the most painful thing ever. I felt like a total vegetable. I felt completely vulnerable. I couldn’t move anything.’
‘I was stuck with this crazy person. I was in the woods in the bushes with wild snakes crawling on me while he was still continuing to harass me. He got on top of me.’
‘He didn’t rape me but he did everything else.’
Hannah’s mom Gwen said this: ‘We’re raising funds to pay for medical bills, medical equipment, psychotherapy, and physical therapy which will not be fully covered by our insurance company. Hannah’s recovery period is expected to last up to two years or more, and many of the expenses, such as physical therapy will not be covered after several months.’
‘We may have to make changes to our home, including a remodeling of our bathroom to accommodate Hannah’s disabilities. We are expecting out of pocket costs to be at least $50,000 and could be as much as $200,000. We have an immediate need for these funds as we have already incurred significant out of pocket costs.’
‘It is so meaningful to us that our family and friends want to help us in our time of need,’ Hannah’s mom continues. ‘We are forever grateful to anyone who wants to help.’
If you want to help Hannah and her family, you can do so on her GoFundMe page.