My name is Rachel Layer and on September 21, 2013 my life changed forever when a man broke into my home through my bathroom window and attacked me from behind as I was reading a book on my couch. I should have been raped, killed or both that night, but instead I was able to fight my attacker off and escape without serious injury. The fear of what almost happened that night is no longer with me. The gratitude that I have for being alive fuels my heart and mind and has helped me find purpose in what happened.
I hope to tell my story to as many people as possible to raise awareness of the violence that occurs against women and to stress the critical importance of being able to defend yourself. I am blessed beyond measure to not have been hurt or killed that night and I will not let this second chance slip by.