Police have released an efit of a man they want to speak to after a woman reported she was raped in Crawley.
A spokesman said the attack happened in May 2008 but the victim has only recently come forward after trying to deal with her ordeal on her own since then.
The victim, who was a teenager at the time, was walking home after a night out with friends and had gone from The Dingle into Quantock Close when she was grabbed by a man shortly after midnight on May 16 2008.
The man attacked her at the entrance to the underpass that runs beneath the A23 and threatened to hurt her if she screamed for help, said police.
He pushed her towards bushes and raped her. He fled after being disturbed by a noise in the bushes.
Detective Sergeant Pete Yarrow said: “The victim has been badly affected by what happened to her and has struggled to come to terms with it on her own over the last seven years.
“She has now gathered the courage to contact us and tell us about her ordeal so we can look for the man that raped her.
“We are determined to find the man involved, who may have other victims who have also been too scared to come forward but who will now feel confident enough to speak out.
“We will investigate any report of rape no matter when the victim contacts us and I would urge anyone who recognises the man in the efit to contact us.
“Thankfully rapes are extremely rare but each and every one is traumatic for the victim and will be investigated thoroughly.”
The man was white, about 35, of medium build and about 6ft 3in. He had a tattoo on the centre of his chest and was wearing Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance.
Anyone with information should email firstname.lastname@example.org quoting serial 306 of 13/05, call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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