Every once in a while, there's a news story about a guy getting beaten up after trying to harass a woman. Last year, a woman took to Twitter to share a photo of a guy crying after she put him a choke hold for touching her inappropriately. Yes, the photo is the best thing you've ever seen.
And it's happened again. This time to a woman from Fort Collins, Colorado, who was harassed in Dublin, Ireland, while traveling in Europe by herself. But as it turns out, the victim, Leanna Carr, is a powerlifter with muscles on top of her muscles.
You can probably guess what happened next. Carr took to Twitter to explain: "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.'"
Her first response? He's probably going to need to see a dentist.
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
Carr told The Independent that the response was mostly out of shock:
“I am never a violent person, and I have never punched anyone before... but I became so angry and had so much adrenaline that my reaction was to punch him. I got him on the cheek bone, hard."
“I started yelling a couple more things to him like ‘don’t ever touch a girl like that again, I could get you arrested.'"
Carr says that the man became very angry, but that a couple intervened before he could swing back.
“But there was an older couple next to us who saw the whole thing and the gentleman told the scumbag to keep walking. The man started laughing again and then crossed the street to disappear in the crowd of people.”
The 26-year-old powerlifter is visiting Europe for three weeks, and added that this was her first time traveling solo.
“I’ve never travelled solo and for this to have happened made me a little nervous. My first reaction was a little guilt, wondering if I had done the right thing in the situation. I probably would have reacted differently, say if I had been in a dark alley alone with him. I guess I felt more confidence acting the way I did because it was still light out and on a busy street."
“I don’t think violence is always the answer, and I did get lucky that the altercation didn’t end up badly for me. Going forward, I do think it’s important be trained for self-defence and be a little more cautious of my surroundings, especially while traveling alone. I think he will think twice before he does that again to a woman.”
Carr says she was left "shaken," but that the experience hadn't changed her opinion of Ireland.
“I was a little shaken and wanted to go home at first. I spent a couple days in Galway and went back to Dublin for another day, and I truly met the most amazing Irish locals who were very welcoming and kind. I realise situations like this could happen anywhere."
“There are ‘bad eggs’ wherever you go. I left Ireland with more positive than negative experiences. This situation just made me keep my guard up a bit, which is a smart thing to do when traveling solo internationally.”
Carr's tweet has been shared thousands of times since it was posted, and it's pretty clear that people see her as a hero.
Carr says she hopes the response will raise awareness for everyday sexual harassment.
“I didn’t think expect it to have such a large reach, It’s almost all been very positive. A lot of the responses were from women saying that I made the right decision, congratulating me and saying it was well deserved. Many locals from Ireland and Dublin apologised on behalf of the man who did this. Two or three people thought I fabricated the story... saying they’ve never seen a person walk up to a complete stranger in Ireland and do this."
“Maybe you haven’t seen it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen. No matter what country you’re in. Sexual harassment happens every day from complete strangers and most women do not know the correct way to respond. In the past, I probably would have felt too shocked and timid to have dealt with the situation. I probably would have just walked away... and that man probably would have continued to prey on innocent women."
“I never use Twitter and didn’t write the post for attention, but I’m glad it went viral. This is something that is very common and hopefully it encourages more women to feel comfortable and able to stand up for themselves if it does happen to them.”
He's maybe going to need a new jaw?