Woman punched in face at Notting Hill Carnival for telling man not to grope her

12:00 27 August 2014

Leeds University student Mary Brandon before and after the vicious attack - because she asked a man not to grope her [Photograph from Facebook]

Leeds University student Mary Brandon before and after the vicious attack - because she asked a man not to grope her [Photograph from Facebook]

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A woman has posted these shocking pictures on Facebook after she was brutally beaten by a man at Notting Hill Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday – for telling him not to grab her bottom.

Mary Brandon was enjoying the party in west London when a man in the crowd grabbed her bottom.

She said: “When I told him not to, he did it again. I pushed him away, exercising my right to tell a man to stop touching my body without my permission, so he took a swing at me and punched me in the face.”

Staff at the Channel One soundsystem fetched a doctor and a nurse for Mary, and she said that all the NHS staff were “incredible under pressure at Carnival”.

Mary took to social media to speak about her ordeal, and to stand up for other women who have been through the same.

Mary said: “Carnival is supposed to be about community and good vibes. I wanted to have a good time but instead I spent 9 hours in A&E because of this coward. I’m so p***** off that this man thought it was OK to hit me because I said no to him. A woman should be able to leave the house without fear of being sexually assaulted. And she should be able to defend herself without being put in hospital.”

She has this message for her attacker: “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.

“If you think it is OK then don’t come to Carnival next year. You’re not welcome there or anywhere in our society. Bog off!”

The image of Mary’s injured face has been shared nearly 5,000 times on social media.

A spokesman for the Met said: “We can conform we are investigating an allegation of indecent assault and GBH on a 22-year-old woman in the vicinity of Westbourne Park Road at 5.30pm on Monday, August 25.

“There have been no arrests at this time, and we appeal to anyone with information about this incident to contact the Post-Carnival Investigation Team on 0208 2460 076.”

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