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Warning: This story will shock and SERIOUSLY enrage you. During a community event outing, a British woman named Mary Brandon suffered nasty blows to her face after defending herself against invasive and inappropriate touching at the hand of a stranger.
At the bustling Notting Hill Carnival in London, a man grabbed Brandon's backside in the crowd. She responded immediately by pushing him away, exercising her "right to tell a man to stop touching my body without my permission (opens in new tab)," according to a Facebook post she published following the incident. The assailant wasn't happy with her reaction to his unwanted to advances, so in retaliation, he punched her in the face, leaving her with bruises, cuts, and swelling.
The saddest thing, Brandon found, was that when she discussed the episode with her friends, the conversation turned to whether or not women should stand up to attackers in order to protect themselves. After her experience, it's her hope that a woman will always defend herself and her body. "I'd take a punch again from this loser or any other loser who thinks they can treat women like this," she explained.
Brandon's graphic photo soon went viral after being published to Facebook. It has been shared thousands of times, and the police are looking further into the case. Hopefully justice will be brought to this creep—and at the very least, Brandon's message will be spread to women everywhere.
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Photo via Facebook/Mary Brandon
I'm an Associate Editor at the Business of Fashion, where I edit and write stories about the fashion and beauty industries. Previously, I was the brand editor at Adweek, where I was the lead editor for Adweek's brand and retail coverage. Before my switch to business journalism, I was a writer/reporter at PEOPLE.com, where I wrote news posts, galleries and articles for PEOPLE magazine's website. My work has been published on TheAtlantic.com, ELLE.com, MarieClaire.com, PEOPLE.com, GoodHousekeeping.com and in Every Day with Rachael Ray. It has been syndicated by Cosmopolitan.com, TIME.com, TravelandLeisure.com and GoodHousekeeping.com, among other publications. Previously, I've worked at VOGUE.com, ELLE.com, and MarieClaire.com.
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