18-year-old Noor Fade was riding a train in Vancouver last December when a stranger came up to her, threatening to kill her and all Muslims. He started to attack her when a good Samaritan named Jake Taylor intervened and pushed the assailant away.
Remarking on the good Samaritan, Ms Fadel says that Jake was “once a stranger [but is] now a dear friend who stood up for me, no matter for my appearance.” The story hit a chord and would go on to make international headlines.
Ms. Fade recently faced her attacker in court. Read her powerful victim-impact statement:
Because of you, I grew, I forgave and I began changing the world one person at a time… You missed out on meeting someone with a big heart like me. But it’s up to you now; where you take your life from this very moment. In the end, because of you I felt so much pain and betrayal and hardships in my life.
Because of you, I grew, I forgave and I began changing the world one person at a time. Because of you, the world knows my story, my resilience. Because of you, the world knows I am going to be OK.