Last month, a woman from Colorado was harassed and physically assaulted on the street by a man who tauntingly told her she “liked it” because she is an “American.”
While traveling alone in Dublin, Ireland, Leanna Carr, 26, was groped by a man on the street. Luckily Leanna happens to be a power-lifter and a strength coach.
As soon as Leanna felth threatened by the man, she quickly reacted by punching him right in the face.
Carr was on the way to catch the bus to Galway when the assailant grabbed her rear end and laughed ‘hysterically’ when she confronted him.
‘You’re an American, you probably liked it,’ he whispered to her. That’s was more than enough for Carr to show him that he messed with the wrong girl.
‘I wasn’t really thinking,’ Leanna told Fox News. ‘I was angry and in the moment. He wasn’t taking me seriously.’
‘If this had happened in the past, I probably would have just let him get away with it,’ she explained. ‘But this time, my reaction was to defend myself. So I hit him.’
Leanna Carr posted a photo of her bruised knuckles on Twitter, including a short explanation: ‘While walking down the street in Dublin earlier this week, a man grabbed my butt. He proceeded to laugh hysterically and said ‘you’re an American, you probably liked it,’ she captioned the photo. ‘Apparently traveling solo has made me a better person bc my first reaction was to punch him in the face.’
While walking down the street in Dublin earlier this week, a man grabbed my butt. He proceeded to laugh hysterically and said “you’re an American, you probably liked it”. Apparently traveling solo has made me a better person bc my first reaction was to punch him in the face 😳 pic.twitter.com/qJ82a3iimI
— Leanna Carr (@Leanna_Carr) April 21, 2018
After Leanna punched the man, the situation became very hostile. He started cursing and getting in Carr’s face. ‘For a second, I was worried that it was going to escalate,’ she said.
Luckully, a couple walked nearby and witnessed the attack, so they yelled at the man to ‘keep walking’ and he left her alone.
The 26-year-old girl from Colorado was widely praised on social media for defending herself.
“Respect all women in the world, they are not toys, that’s guy should shame his act,” said another Twitter user.
“Disgusted this happened to you. Looks like he got a right fistful! Well deserved I may add,” one woman wrote. Another simply adding, “I love you.”
“Sister, kick first. Then when he doubles over, hit between the eyes in the upper nose area. Then ask him if he’d treat The BVM that way. If he says no, repeat,” said another user.
Leanna also told Fox that she does not advocate violence as a first response, but she noted that she did felt in danger.
“This type of street harassment is normalized and happens far too often. So many women don’t know how to respond or don’t feel confident enough sticking up for themselves,” she said. “I don’t think that violence is the answer, but I also think it’s important for women to realize that they’re not objects and they don’t deserve to be treated this way.”
“I’m no ‘hero’ for punching the guy, I was simply defending myself. I don’t think that my reaction should be glorified,” Carr added. “This happens to women every single day. I hope my role in this whole situation can be as a voice for those who didn’t have one.”