'I'm stuck in this nightmare': Halifax sex assault victim speaks out

Alix Parker says she's a lot of things – a student, a mother, someone's daughter – but she doesn't want to be labelled a victim.

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That's why the Halifax woman is speaking out about being sexually assaulted on a city bus.

"Yes, I am the victim of a sexual assault, it's not who I am," Parker told CTV Atlantic. "I am a mother, I am a student, I am someone's daughter, I am someone's girlfriend, I am someone's best friend."

Parker takes several buses a day get to and from her son’s daycare and Nova Scotia Community College, where she studies in the adult learning program.

She said she was on her way home from school on Feb. 25 when her “nightmare” began.

She had fallen asleep on the Halifax Transit bus, but she was jolted awake when the bus came to a sudden stop on Joseph Howe Drive.

Parker said she found a stranger touching her leg.

"When I woke up his hand was on my thigh, between my legs, and he was touching me," she recalled.

She said the man quickly exited the bus.

"I instantly felt angry, like extremely, extremely angry," Parker said. "But also anxious."

Halifax Regional Police said they're investigating the assault and officers are working with transit officials to try to obtain a video of the incident and of the suspect.

Parker said since the assault, she takes a different bus route home, she sits at the front of the bus, and she won't let herself fall asleep.

But the 19-year-old admits she also has trouble sleeping at night.

"I fall asleep in the arms of the man that I love, and I wake up shaking and trying to get away from him, because I don’t realize it's him," she said. "Because I'm still stuck in this nightmare."

Parker said she hopes by sharing her story, she is encouraging other sex assault victims to speak up.

"If I'm labelled the victim, he still has all that power," she said. "I'm still just that object to him."

The suspect is described as a white man, approximately five-foot-eight-inches tall, with a slim build and a tattoo of what appeared to be a name on the left side of his neck, and three piercings in his left ear.

He was wearing a green windbreaker, blue jeans and tan work boots at the time of the assault.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact police.

With a report from CTV Atlantic's Kayla Hounsell



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