“You Didn’t Turn Away. You Took a Stand. You Said Something”

On 6 October 2015, Kaitlyn Regehr, a 30-year-old writer and documentary filmmaker, was riding the 207 public bus towards Acton, London, England, when a man grabbed her butt. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan stood up for her. The following day, Ms. Regehr posted this on Facebook and Instagram:

“To the man on the 207 bus towards Acton last night (the tall, dark, and dapper one with the beard),

“Thank you for saying something when that man grabbed me. Thank you for insisting that it was not acceptable. Most of all, thank you for asking him about the women in his life, his mother, his sister… You said, ‘She could be your sister. She is someone’s sister’, and in doing so you made me a person. You made us a community.

“I thank you not just because you stood up for me, or because you made me feel safe, but because on your transit home — in this big, potentially anonymous city — you humanised assault. You didn’t turn away. You took a stand. You said something.

“Because you were right. I am someone’s sister. We all are. And us kids should all stand up for each other.”

She also posted a photo of herself holding a sign with the words “Thank You!” on it.

Ms. Regehr, who reported the assault to the Metropolitan Police, said, “I just spoke to them and they are looking at CCTV [Closed-Circuit Television], and in a way — because I didn’t see the attack — I said to the police I felt silly reporting it. But the police were adamant they want to take a stand against it, especially on public transport.”

For Further Information: “Kaitlyn Regehr seeks London bus sex attack Good Samaritan.” BBC. 9 October 2015 <http://tinyurl.com/pjp46dd>. Also: Kaitlyn Regehr, Post. Facebook. 7 October 2015 <http://tinyurl.com/pesajds>.

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