A recent article in VICE describes the amazing story of a Canadian indigenous woman who survived 12 days in the Canadian wilderness after escaping from a man who tried to sexually assault her. When the attacker — 38-year-old Kevin Gladue — was sentenced to six years in prison last month for aggravated sexual assault, the woman decided to finally share her story publicly. The woman’s nightmare began when she decided to go off-roading with her uncle and a few friends, close to where she lived in O’Chiese First Nation.
After trying to sexually assault the woman, Gladue broke the woman’s jaw in two places when she tried to escape. For the next two weeks, she wandered the Canadian wilderness, subsisting off berries and drinking water from nearby rivers. She eventually came across a road where an oil-and-gas operator spotted her and brought her to safety.