LONDON — A student in London has shared the story of a man who came to her defense after another man grabbed her on a London bus on Tuesday night.
Kaitlyn Regehr, who is studying at King’s College London, posted the following thank you message on Facebook and Instagram in the hope of tracking down the man who intervened after she was groped by a stranger.
To the man on the 207 buss towards Acton last night (the tall, dark, and dapper one with the beard), Thank you for…
Posted by Kaitlyn Regehr on Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Here’s Kaitlyn’s message in full:
“To the man on the 207 buss 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 humanized 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.
– The little blond chick in the hat on the 207 towards Acton.
Please, let’s all endeavor to “say something”, please share, and please help me find this awesome dude so I can buy him a pint!”
People were quick to share messages of support for Regehr.
Regehr is now hoping to track down the man so she can thank him with a drink.
“It was 10:30 at night, it wasn’t particularly late,” Regehr told BuzzFeed. “I was on the 207 [bus] going through Shepherds Bush, when a guy copped my bum. I didn’t say anything, I just felt uncomfortable and moved out the way.”
“The guy intervened and it got a little bit heated, but he was clearly saying it loud enough for the bus to hear. He also said ‘Do you have any women in your life? Do you have a mother, a sister?’, and I was really touched by that, he kind of humanized the situation. But while I was getting off [the bus], I didn’t get to thank him properly.”
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