Basildon rape victim 'too scared' to alert police
- 20 November 2013
- From the section Essex
A woman raped by a man after accepting a lift home says she was driven past a police car but was too scared to raise the alarm.
The 21-year-old had been celebrating her birthday in Basildon before the attack on 20 November 2012.
The driver locked the doors and touched her leg before they passed the police car. The man drove her to Partridge Green, where she was raped.
"I didn't know what he was going to do," she said. "I was too scared."
She had been walking along Clay Hill Road when she got in the car.
"If I flagged the police car down I didn't know if he had a knife or if he would go off driving crazy," she said.
The victim, speaking to the BBC about the attack, said after the rape the man forced her out of the car and drove off.
"It has changed every aspect of my life," she said. "There's nothing that hasn't been affected.
"It is not just my life, it is my family's life, my partner's life and the lives of everybody who knows me."
Det Ch Insp Simon Werrett said: "We have potentially unearthed a few key leads, but they are missing a link and this is where we hope people can help us.
"There were a number of boxes in the back of the rapist's car which may indicate that he is a delivery driver or courier."
The rapist is described as white, in his late 30s or early 40s with very pale skin and mousey-blonde short-cropped hair that is greying.
He spoke in broken English with a strong accent and had a bulbous nose and large, long hands. He was wearing a light hooded top and cotton trousers.