Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

“You humanised assault. You didn't turn away.” Woman praises man who stood up for her when she was sexually harassed on bus

12079543_10100462098863196_8555655474792826945_n.jpg

A woman who was sexually harassed on a London bus has publicly thanked the man who came to her defence and is making a plea that we all “say something” when we witness inappropriate behaviour on public transport.

Kaitlyn Regehr (pictured), 30, was on the 207 bus towards Acton on Tuesday night when a man grabbed her.

Another man who she described as “tall, dark and dapper with the beard” in a Facebook post, confronted the offender and insisted “it was not acceptable (behaviour).”

He then went on to tell the man to think about the women in his life. “She could be your sister. She is someone's sister,” recalled Regehr.

Regehr, who is from Toronto and studying for a PhD at Kings College London, shared the story on Facebook in hope of finding the man who helped her to thank him:

“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.”

“In doing so you made me a person. You made us a community.

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

Her Facebook post is going viral, having been shared 18,000 times and liked by more than 33,000 people.

woman on bus

“People have messaged me, not just from London, [but] from all parts of the world. Men have contacted me too. One man contacted me on Linkedin horrified that someone could feel so entitled to grab a woman’s bum,” she told Buzzfeed

She says it’s not the first time she’s been harassed on the tube but that it’s the first time someone stepped in:

“I’m sure that it’s the same experience for many women. I guess this experience has been a huge eye opener for how much I let that behaviour go. I felt uncomfortable and kind of vulnerable in that situation, but I probably wouldn’t have done anything more if that passenger hadn’t stepped in.”

She urges those who use public transport to speak up if they witness someone suffering harassment.

“Please, let's all endeavour to 'say something'

“And please help me find this awesome dude so I can buy him a pint!” 

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

Related

station.jpg

'Why are we Londoners so angry?'

little-miss-london.jpg

Meet the hilarious 'Little Miss' characters of London

rexfeatures_5225188k.jpg

Protesters storm Suffragette film premiere to fight for women's rights

rexfeatures_3457732a.jpg

What happened when a man shamed a woman's outfit on the tube

maternity pregnant.jpg

Maternity leave: we uncover the shocking truth

sexual harassment on the tube.jpg

New video encourages women to report sexual harassment on the Tube

rexfeatures_944618a.jpg

Do we need women-only train carriages?

rexfeatures_4954820a.jpg

Which city was rated the best in the world for quality of life?

charlotte proudman barrister.jpg

Female barrister hits out at sexist comment about her LinkedIn picture

More

“I’m child-free, not childless – why the difference matters”

One writer on how our language shames women who choose not to procreate

21 Aug 2017

Why people are posting cat photos in response to the Barcelona attacks

There’s a reason behind the influx of felines online

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Aug 2017

The deadly secret hidden within that creepy Game of Thrones hug

Spoilers are coming…

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

Why it’s totally fine if you don’t have a ‘work wife’

Having friends at work is nice – but it’s not the be all and end all

by Moya Crockett
18 Aug 2017

Meteorologist’s epic response to troll who called her “disgusting”

“Enough is enough.”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
18 Aug 2017

Acts of love, humanity and solidarity following the Barcelona attack

In the darkness, there is light.

by Moya Crockett
18 Aug 2017

How you can help those caught up in the Barcelona attack

The ways you can support the victims, survivors and investigation

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

People are furious about Trump’s response to the Barcelona attack

The world is sick of his double-standard on terrorism

by Kayleigh Dray
18 Aug 2017

Ryan Phillipe on how he tackles depression

“I’m thinking about how to focus and steady myself”

by Susan Devaney
17 Aug 2017

Are black girls being forced to grow up too fast?

A study has shown that black girls as young as five are seen as more adult than their white peers

by Kemi Alemoru
17 Aug 2017