American student Courtney Siverling something to say about the attacker who sprayed her and three other students with acid while they were visiting Marseille, France.
Officials took a 41-year-old woman into custody following the Sunday incident, in which the four women — all Boston College juniors studying abroad — were attacked.
Authorities have said they do not believe the incident was a terrorist attack, adding that the attacker offered no explanation for throwing acid in the faces of the Americans. Police did say the suspect had a “psychiatric history.”
All four women were hospitalized and have since been released.
Siverling posted a reply to the various messages of concern that she and the others received.
“Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out to see if I’m ok and/or has been praying for us. I did not receive any injuries from the attack in Marseille this morning and we are all safe. The French police and the U.S. Consulate have been wonderful and we are so thankful for that,” she wrote on her Facebook page on Sunday.
Then she turned her focus to her attacker.
“I pray that the attacker would be healed from her mental illness in the name of Jesus and receive the forgiveness and salvation that can only come from Him,” she wrote.
She then closed with a verse of Scripture:
“‘This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.’ Psalm 91:2,” she wrote.
Attack victim Michelle Krug also asked those concerned with her injury to think of the woman who attacked her.
She asked her friends to “please consider thinking about/praying for our attacker.”
“Mental illness is not a choice and should not be villainized,” Krug wrote on her Facebook page.