London Woman Assaulted After Telling Man To Stop Groping Her

| by Amanda Schallert

A woman at a music carnival was punched in the face after reportedly telling a man to stop trying to grope her.

Mary Brandon attended the Notting Hill Concert this week, where she said she was assaulted for standing up for herself to a man trying to harass her, according to the London Evening Standard.

Brandon posted a widely-shared photo of herself online in which she has an extremely swollen eye and face. Next to the image, she writes that a man “took a swing at me and punched me in the face.”

Rebecca Hammerton, Brandon’s friend, told the Standard that Brandon had only been at the concert for 15 minutes when the suspect approached her and touched her.

“After she pushed him away he started walking off and then a couple of people were laughing, which we think damaged his ego,” Hammerton said. “He walked back and swung round and punched her in the face with a right hook punch, using the force of his whole body. He was with another person, I think a girl, but they didn’t bat an eyelid and ran off through the crowd.”

Following the attack, Brandon was on the floor and had blood gushing down her face.

One person in the crowd tried to stop the bleeding with a towel. A nurse who was off-duty also assisted Brandon before a medical team arrived.

"Carnival is supposed to be about community and good vibes. I wanted to have a good time but instead I spent nine hours in (the emergency room) 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,” Brandon wrote.

She said that she was angry because she thinks women “should be able to leave the house without fear of being sexually assaulted,” she wrote on Facebook.

She added that individuals who are violent should not attend the music carnival in the future.

"Maybe it’d be safer to just ignore it when someone invades your space and body,” she wrote. "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 loser or any other loser who thinks it’s OK to treat women like this."

The suspect is described as 6-feet tall, black and in his late 20s or 30s. He was also described as wearing all black clothing and a flat cap.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident, as well as numerous other crimes reported at the carnival. More than 250 arrests took place at the event this year.

Source: London Evening Standard, Image Credit: National News and Pictures,