Muslim teen to attacker: Because of you the world knows my story

Noor Fadel
 Fadel told her attacker he helped her "change the world one person at a time"

A Canadian Muslim teen who was attacked by a man on a Vancouver train has said she "forgives" her attacker.

Pierre Belzan, 47, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of assault against 18-year-old Noor Fadel.

"Because of you, I grew, I forgave and I began changing the world one person at a time," Ms Fadel told her attacker in court.

The story made international headlines last year when a Good Samaritan stepped in to stop the abuse.

She was in court on Wednesday to face her attacker and read her victim-impact statement.

"You missed out on meeting someone with a big heart like me," she read.

"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."

Last December, Ms Fadel, who wears a hijab, was riding the train when she says Mr Belzan threatened to kill her and all Muslims, forced her face towards his crotch and hit her.

 

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