Today is White Ribbon Day, which is important to young doctor Angela Jay, not only because she recently survived being stabbed 11 times and doused in petrol by a man she'd met on Tinder. But because more than 60 Australian women haven't been "so lucky" this year.
In a Facebook post on Friday, Jay urged her friends and family to pledge to stop violence against women as she praised the work of emergency services who helped her.
"Already this year in Australia 60+ women have not been so lucky, and it breaks my heart knowing exactly how terrified and alone they must have felt," Jay wrote.
"I'm so thankful that I was able to get away and be here with all of my amazing friends and family today. I'm also thankful for the police, paramedics, doctors, and nurses that cared for me and helped me feel safe again on the worst day of my life."
Just over two months ago the 28-year-old Sydney-based doctor met Paul Dennis Lambert on Tinder. After a few weeks Jay ended the relationship which reportedly left Lambert sending violent threats and claiming he had keys to her Port Macquarie home.
After Lambert allegedly claimed to take his own life if she didn't take him back, Jay agreed to see him again but soon ended contact which -- according to court documents obtained by The Daily Telegraph -- resulted in Lambert calling and texting 50 times the following day.
The doctor applied for an AVO against the 36-year-old finance worker but within days she walked into her home to find Lambert there. He stabbed her repeatedly and poured petrol over her before she managed to escape to a neighbour's house, instructing them how to stem the bleeding.
Police launched a manhunt after Lambert fled the scene and shot him near Coffs Harbour after he launched at authorities with a knife.
As Jay said, she's one of the lucky ones.
To pledge to end violence against women visit whiteribbon.org.au/day. f you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800RESPECT.org.au. In an emergency, call 000. For more information about a service in your state or local area download the DAISY App in the App Store or Google Play.Suggest a correction