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

Comments

More

22 Christmas cocktail recipes to jingle your bells

Boozy mince pie freakshake, anyone?

by Amy Swales
09 Dec 2016

Revealed: the gender pay gap for every industry in the UK

How much less do you earn than your male colleagues?

by Sarah Biddlecombe
09 Dec 2016

Experts have revealed the ultimate hangover cure

There’s just one catch…

by Kayleigh Dray
09 Dec 2016

Gigi Hadid opens up about ‘empowering’ decision to quit social media

“The world feels so entitled to other peoples’ lives”

by Kayleigh Dray
09 Dec 2016

This is how Bake Off will change when it moves to Channel 4

From the horse (aka Paul Hollywood)’s mouth itself…

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Are you the youngest in your family? We have good news for you…

Experts have revealed the surprising trait that all little brothers and sisters share

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Meet the all-female anti-poaching team saving rhinos in South Africa

Jessica Chastain is set to produce a film about their story.

by Moya Crockett
08 Dec 2016

New-look Baywatch is all about chests, not breasts

But is it really any better... ?

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016

Cheers! You can now grow your own Prosecco at home

This could be dangerous...

by Moya Crockett
08 Dec 2016

Is Kim Cattrall already filming a Samantha SATC spin-off?

“Channelling Ms Samantha Jones once again…”

by Kayleigh Dray
08 Dec 2016