"I was very hesitant about tweeting this, tonight was an awful night."
And so starts the description of NCIS Pauley Perrette's terrifying ordeal. The 46-year-old actress, who plays forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the hit CBS show, posted a full recount of her traumatic evening on Twitter, along with the caption, "So, tonight was awful, life changing and I'm only grateful to be alive."
She was walking to her guesthouse on the evening of Tuesday November 12th when she was jumped and attacked by a 'psychotic homeless man,' who proceeded to pin her against a wall and repeatedly punched her in the face, while simultaneously screaming that he intended to kill her. And, if that wasn't enough, he demonstrated how he would do so.
Although Perrette doesn't go into detail about the manner in which he intended to end her life, she acknowledges that there was an empty garage behind them and if he'd gotten her inside, that would've been that.
The attacker, who apparently goes by William was screaming his name in her face, telling her not to forget him while continuing to pin her against the wall. Understandably shaken and petrified, Perrette managed to find the courage to say,
"William is a beautiful name, I have a little nephew named William."
Which seemingly struck a cord with her 'psychotic' attacker, who after giving her a few more punches for good measure, finally let her go.
Overcome with relief and shock, Perrette stumbled onto a sidewalk and promptly collapsed, describing how she was ignored by passers by – one of whom's dog licked her face! It was in this state she remained until the police showed up.
As Perrette's experience highlights, and as she herself points out, this case really points out some fundamental areas of neglect within our society.
"We need full mental health care. We need housing and help for the homeless. We need to support our cops. We need to not walk alone. I need to heal."
We need to start working together to create better support networks and an increased level of mental healthcare to help build a society which protects unstable individuals from harming themselves, and others, and enables you to walk home alone at night without always looking over your shoulder.