A woman was punched in the face at Notting Hill Carnival on Monday.
The reason? She asked him to stop groping her.
Mary Brandon was attending the fun event when the man in question put his hand on her bum, describing the shocking incident on her Facebook page, Mary said: “At Notting Hill Carnival yesterday a man in the crowd grabbed my ar**. When I told him not to he did it again. I pushed him away, exercising my right to tell a man to stop touching my body without my permission, so he took a swing at me and punched me in the face.”
Mary was then forced to spend nine hours in the hospital getting her injuries tended to.
She went on to say how this unacceptable behaviour has affected the way she feels she must deal with future similar incidents: “A woman should be able to leave the house without fear of being sexually assaulted whether in future it’s best not to do anything at all. Maybe it’d be safer to ignore it when someone invades your personal space. But I can honestly say I will always stand up to someone who thinks they can get away with this behaviour and I’d take a punch again.”
The police are currently investigating the incident.
Despite the horrific crime against her, we are so glad she is standing strong and not allowing this man to make her feel afraid or scared about standing up for herself.
All the best for your recovery, Mary!