A 20-YEAR-OLD woman bashed by two men while jogging in Marlston Hill feels sick to her stomach when she sees women walking alone.
Bronte Macmillan spoke exclusively to the Bunbury Mail to beg the community to take precautions on local streets.
The unprovoked attack that shocked the city left Miss Macmillan with a broken wrist, many bruises and a month-long memory lapse.
Miss Macmillan was jogging alone on Baudin Terrace about 5.30pm when a man approached her and asked for money.
"I said no and tried to keep running – then I was knocked to the ground," she said.
"I saw his feet in front of me and then I was smacked in the head and blacked out."
Bunbury police believe there were two men involved in the attack.
Another jogger discovered Miss Macmillan's unconscious body and called an ambulance.
She woke up in Bunbury Regional Hospital crying out “I don't have any money!”
Her attackers have not been caught.
The former Bunbury Senior High student said she would not go anywhere by herself now and worries the attack might hit her harder if her memory returns.
Miss Macmillan cannot remember anything that happened in the month leading up to that day on June 13.
“I have lost a month of my life and that is frustrating,” Miss Macmillan said.
“‘Remember’ has become my most hated word – my friends keep asking me if I remember this or that and I have no idea.”
The young woman has told her story to urge others to take precautions when walking or jogging alone.
"I was driving the other night at 9pm and I saw a woman walking by herself," Miss Macmillan said.
"It made me feel sick – I just wanted to stop and yell out ‘What are you doing?’
“People are too trusting in Bunbury – please don’t let yourself get in that situation.”
Miss Macmillan suggested people run in groups of at least two, tell someone where they are going and exercise in well-lit areas.
She attends physiotherapy once a week for her injuries and has been offered police counselling.
South West Detectives officer-in-charge senior sergeant John Munday described the attack as “opportunistic” and implored joggers to be more cautious.
“It is different running down Ocean Drive which is lit and has constant traffic as opposed to an isolated track through sand dunes,” he said.
Sergeant Munday said the investigation was still open.
Miss Macmillan described the attacker as having sunken eyes, scratches to his face, “really agitated” hands and wearing a grey jumper.
If you have any information on the Marlston Hill attack, call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.