Look out for your mates when out clubbing - assault victim
KRISTY Cassidy was out celebrating her 20th birthday; she was expecting a memorable night.
But it was memorable for all the wrong reasons.
She was with friends in Rockhampton's CBD when she was suddenly dragged by her hair and was kicked in the chest.
That was 20 years ago, and Kristy still remembers the details of the attack.
The Gracemere woman said an experience like that stays with you forever.
Kristy had been with two friends at the time of the attack and was on East St, headed to a club on Bolsover St in August of 1994.
She said two women and a man came out of nowhere and attacked her group.
After a struggle, Kristy said they got away and ran straight to the nearest bouncer who took them to the police station.
"It's affected me throughout my life," Kristy said.
While Kristy still lives her life to the fullest, the attack has stayed in her mind for all those years.
The mother of two says she was always a careful person to start with, but the attack made her even more cautious.
"I'm much more aware now of what's going on around me, and if we're out at a bar, I always take a friend with me to the bathroom or anywhere I go," Kristy said.
But it did take Kristy a while to get back to her old self after the attack.
The first time she headed back to the CBD after the attack she was quite anxious and didn't stay long.
Kristy said it was important to know your surroundings and make sure you are always with a group, especially at night.
The CBD was different 20 years ago with less security around, but Kristy urges young people to look out for each other while on a night out.