Find who did this to me: Sex attack victim, 23, reveals her sickening injuries as she bravely relives ordeal in bid to bring assailant to justice
Stephanie Hewson, from North Tyneside, was battered during a terrifying assault in Whitley Bay almost three years ago
She was left with scrapes all over her body and damage to the backs of both her eyes from being kicked so many times
Stephanie: 'My nose was broken and my mouth ripped apart from inside to out'
Police are desperate to trace her attacker who is still at large
The brazen attacker was captured on CCTV stumbling away from his battered victim, apparently fiddling with the zip on his jeans
By Matt Blake
A woman who was left with horrific injuries after being repeatedly punched and kicked in a vicious sex assault has bravely waived her anonymity in a bid to snare her fugitive attacker.
Stephanie Hewson, from North Tyneside, was barely recognisable after the shaven-headed thug dragged her into an alleyway in Whitley Bay and beat her almost unconscious.
The brazen attacker was then caught on CCTV casually strolling away from his brutalised victim, apparently fiddling with the zip on his jeans.
Scroll down for video of Stephanie's interview and CCTV of her attacker.
Brave: Stephanie Hewson, from North Tyneside, was left with horrific injuries after she was battered during a terrifying assault in Whitley Bay almost three years ago
Three years on, the pretty 26-year-old, who is still too scared even to enter her own back garden at night, relived the terrifying ordeal to help trace the coward who has been at large ever since.
She has decided to break her silence and waive he right to anonymity to help police in a renewed attempt to finally bring her attacker to justice.
She told how he reigned a volley of punches and kicks that left her with a broken nose, scrapes and bruises all over her body and severely damaged eye sockets.
Ms Hewson, then 23, had been on a night out with friends when the man struck in a back alley off Beach Avenue, Whitley Bay, at around 2.30am on August 2 2009.
The ordeal has changed her life, and she said: 'I donít even go in my back garden if itís dark.'
She added: 'When I came out of hospital I was in a blur. I had gashes all over my back, the tops of my shoulders and my head, face and jaw were swollen.
Monster: CCTV released by Northumbria Police shows the man stumbling as he walks along, apparently fiddling with the zip on his jeans moments after the brutal attack
Do you know this man? Police are trying to trace the rapist over the attack in a back alley off Beach Avenue, Whitley Bay, at around 2.30am on August 2 2009
'I had black eyes and scrapes all over my body and I had damage to the backs of both of my eyes from being kicked so many times.
'My nose was broken and my mouth ripped apart from inside to out.
'Since the attack my life has completely changed.
'I donít go out on nights out anymore and very rarely go out at all, only to restaurants if at all.
'Iím scared to get out of my car to go into work and I donít go out at all if itís dark - not even to the supermarket if itís dark outside.
Three years on: Stephanie said she was left with scrapes all over her body and damage to the backs of both of her eyes from being kicked so many times. She is still scared to go out
'I think back to when I was 18 and me and my friends used to walk home late at night and when this happened I only walked four car lengths and this happened to me - itís not worth it.
'Everyone needs to be on guard, especially when theyíve had a drink. Iíd urge young women to make sure you are with people and get a taxi and have plans to get home safely.
'Everyone needs to make sure they are safe.'
Before the attack she had been out in Newcastle and traveled by taxi to Whitley Bay, planning to meet up with pals.
She was seen outside a bar talking to friends and walked to the top of South Parade with a pal before she carried on towards Park Avenue alone.
She was approached by a man who dragged her into the rear lane of Beach Avenue and sexually assaulted her.
Crime scene: The assault took place in a back alley off Beach Avenue, Whitley Bay, at around 2.30am on August 2 2009
The suspect is white, in his mid to late 20s, with short hair, receding at the temples, and wore a blue short sleeved T-shirt with the word Mackenzie in yellow, dark jeans and white trainers.
Detective Inspector Paul Race, from Northumbria Police Rape Investigation Team, said: 'This was a particularly nasty assault on a young woman that left her with a number of serious physical injuries and emotionally distressed.
'We carried out extensive enquiries at the time but unfortunately were unable to charge anyone with the assault.
'This crime has never been closed and we regularly carry out reviews of unsolved crimes to see whether any further progress can be made.
'If we receive new information we will investigate it and act on it.
'I have to praise Stephanie and her family for their courage shown since the incident happened and their support and help to officers investigating the attack.
'I want to appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the images or thinks they know who it could be to contact us with any information that they might have.
'I also need to reassure the residents of Whitley Bay - and the wider public - that incidents of this nature are thankfully very unusual.'
Anyone with any information into the incident is asked to contact the Northumbria Police rape team on 101 ext 69191 or by ringing the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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