Mary Brandon uit Londen ging maandag naar het Notting Hill Carnival toen een man naar haar billen greep. Toen de student aan de man duidelijk maakte dat zij dit niet op prijs stelde, sloeg hij haar in het gezicht.
Carnival is supposed to be about community and good vibes. I wanted to have a good time but instead I spent 9 hours in A&E because of this coward. I’m so pissed off that this man thought it was OK to hit me because I said no to him. A woman should be able to leave the house without fear of being sexually assaulted. And she should be able to defend herself without being put in hospital.
The saddest thing about this for me was discussing with my friends afterwards whether in future it’s best not to do anything at all. Maybe it’d be safer to just ignore it when someone invades your space and body. 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 from this looser or any other looser who thinks it’s OK to treat women like this.
If you think it is OK then don’t come to carnival next year. You’re not welcome there or anywhere in our society. Bog off!