Amanda Donegan from Mitchelstown was assaulted by Anthony Quigley from 14 Roches Heights in Mitchelstown on February 5, 2018.
Ms Donegan thanked a couple and a number of teenagers who came to her aid during the brutal assault.
Yesterday, Quigley was sentenced to two years in prison for the assault, with a further two years suspended on the basis that he has no further offences in the five years after his release from prison.
He was also separately sentenced to three years in prison, with half suspended, for harassment of four teenage girls on a bus. That incident also included one incident of sexual assault.
The sentences will run consecutively.
Amanda Donegan told The Echo that she is dreading the day her attacker gets released from prison.
She believes his sentence is too lenient and said: “I am actively looking for somewhere else to live.”
She said she finds it very difficult to sleep and has been left with a number of issues since the attack, including tinnitus, and damage to her eye, and she said that one side of her face is now drooping.
During the attack, she also suffered a dislocated wrist.
She has had to attend counselling.
“I will be carrying this for the rest of my life,” she said.
She had been in her car with her two dogs when she was attacked by Quigley at 2.30pm on February 5 last year.
He dragged her out of the car and assaulted her further, after first assaulting her in the car. The court heard that Quigley had threatened to kill his victim.
Amanda praised the actions of a couple who came to her rescue to help her away from her attacker, and also said that a number of teenagers also remained at the scene to help until gardaí arrived.
Although given an opportunity to deliver a victim impact statement, Amanda said she felt like an onlooker and “absolutely powerless” during the legal process which led to the imprisonment of Quigley.
She elaborated: “As a victim, you have no legal representation and I felt out of the equation, as if I didn’t count. All I was, was a witness for the State. I could not even talk to the State’s solicitor and barrister. I had no legal representation in there.”
Although she has been devastated by the attack, Amanda said: “I am glad it was me he took on, and not an elderly woman, or a pregnant woman, or a woman with a child in the back seat.”
She added the attack occurred in the early afternoon when there were plenty of people around.
The court was told on Wednesday that Quigley had sustained a serious head injury in a car crash in 2001 which resulted in a personality disorder, and that his condition deteriorated.
Among Quigley’s past convictions was one for sexual assault, and five assaults of which four were against females. He also has convictions for harassment and making indecent phone calls. The court was told he had also been on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.