Melbourne woman fells late-night attacker with kickboxing, urges other women to ‘fight back’ with kickboxing classes

Still carrying the nasty bruises of a random attack, Melbourne real estate worker Clare Verral sat down in front of a camera to record a message she wants all young women to watch.

Her face may be badly battered, but the Prahran resident says the attack while she walked her dog last night could have been much worse had she not taken kickboxing classes at her local gym.

The property management consultant was punched in the face by an unknown man but managed to knee the assailant in the groin and kick him so hard she broke her toe before escaping.

Wearing the bruises from the random assault, Ms Verrall posted a video message on Facebook bravely urging other women to take self-defence classes that she said may have saved her life.

“If I hadn’t I don’t know where I would be now. I certainly imagine it would be a lot worse than a broken nose and a broken toe,” she says in the video.

April 10, 2015: Clare Verrall suffered a broken nose, broken toe and bruising after a man attacked her on Wednesday night, but managed to fight off her assailant.

“The reason I could get out of that situation is because I (had) gone and done self-defence training.

“So I really, really recommend anyone who has the opportunity, that they do them.”

Police are now on the hunt for her attacker, who is described as Caucasian, aged in his late 20s and about 180cm tall.

He was described as slim and was wearing jeans and a black hoodie at the time of the attack.

Ms Verrall said she had been shaken up by the attack but had vowed not to be intimidated.

“They can beat you, they can intimidate you, they can try and make you feel like you’re nothing – but women, we are all something,” she said.

“And we can fight back.”


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