The 28-year-old victim of a violent assault on a Mosman Park street says she has been traumatised by the attack and is yet to return to work.
The woman, who wanted to be identified only as Sarah, was hit over the head and knocked to the ground after she responded to a call for help while walking along Victoria Street about 7.20pm on Wednesday night.
Sarah said the man punched her, threw her to the ground and tried to tear off her clothes before hitting her once again after she tried to get up and running off.
The assault happened after Sarah responded to the man shouting for help near the corner of Buckland Avenue.
Sarah said she walked in the direction of the calls and saw the man standing in the middle of the road with no shoes on.
She said she approached the man and he hit her over the head with what was possibly a glass bottle.
He then tore at her shirt and pulled at the waistband of her pants.
"He was standing in the middle of the road barefoot and just kept calling out 'help, help me', so I thought there was probably something wrong with him mentally so I approached him to see if he was all right," Sarah said.
"I'm not sure what his intensions were but I didn't have to find out luckily.
"There aren't great street lights on that street so it was a bit scary.
"I'm feeling a little bit fragile from the whole thing."
Sarah was treated for cuts to her head, lips and arms.
She said she did not know what had caused the man to stop attacking her, but she felt grateful she had escaped with only minor injuries.
"At the time it definitely felt like something a lot worse could have happened, so I feel really grateful that that wasn't the case," she said.
Police are calling for help with their investigation into the assault.
The man is in his 30s and about 178cm tall with a fair complexion, stocky build and short light brown hair.
He has acne scarring on his cheeks and was wearing black pants and a light blue T-shirt.Anyone who can identify the man or has information on the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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