Woman targeted in acid attack forgives perpetrator in moving Facebook post

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Earlier this week, Michelle Krug and three of her friends were sprayed with hydrochloric acid while on holiday in Marseille, France.

However, the American student, attacked at the city’s main railway station, has now taken to Facebook to call for compassion and forgiveness towards their 41-year-old assailant – who has a “psychiatric history”, according to police.

Taking to the social media site, Krug wrote: “I want you all to know that my friends and I are doing okay. To fill in those who have not heard, three of my friends and I were attacked this morning at a Marseille train station by a woman suffering from a mental illness.

“She threw a weak solution of hydrochloric acid at us from a water bottle, which got in one of my eyes and one of my friend's eyes. We were all treated at a local hospital and are anticipating a quick recovery.”

Krug continued: “I ask that if you send thoughts and prayers our way, please consider thinking about/praying for our attacker so that she may receive the help she needs and deserves. Mental illness is not a choice and should not be villainised.

“I'd like to thank the US Consulate, French police, and all of the wonderful people who helped us today and made us feel safe.

“Looking forward to continuing this incredible opportunity to live and study in France!”

Boston College said in a statement on Sunday that the four women were students at the college and were enrolled in study-abroad programs. 

“It appears that the students are fine, considering the circumstances, though they may require additional treatment for burns,” it read.

The statement added that all four women targeted in the attack – Krug, Courtney Silverling, Charlotte Kaufman and Kelsey Kosten – intend “to remain in Europe for their studies and have offered forgiveness to the woman who attacked them, an individual who police say suffers from mental illness.”

Meanwhile, judicial sources have confirmed that the assailant was arrested immediately after the attack, and that she told detectives that she herself had been attacked with acid when she was younger.

She stayed in the station after the attack and showed photographs of herself with burns, according to La Provence newspaper.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.