After Kaitlyn Regehr was groped on a London bus, only to be saved by a kind stranger, she was determined to track the man down.
The 30-year-old wanted to offer her thanks to the guy, but had no idea who the kind-hearted stranger was.
That was until her Facebook appeal went viral, with tens of thousands of people helping share the post, allowing her to track Firat Ozcelik down.
She shared their emotional reunion on Facebook, and said:
Last week I made a post in order to find a stranger who stood up for me on a bus.
Last night, I got to meet and thank this Good Samaritan and all round awesome dude – Firat!
The experience surrounding last weeks’ post has been a surprising and powerful one.
I am grateful to all who helped make this meeting happen; as well as to the Metropolitan Police, who have been really supportive; most of all, I am grateful the many who shared their own stories.
In this way, the post went far beyond one person speaking out for another in the microcosm of a 207 bus towards Acton.
It became an international and intersectional discussion. For that, Firat and I agreed, we are both very thankful.
Here’s to following Firat’s lead. Here’s to taking stands and saying something – on 207 buses and beyond.
Obviously the fact that Firat stood up for her and helped ensure the situation didn’t escalate even further is commendable.
Yet the fact he had to do anything speaks volumes about the types of people out there and how careful both men and women need to be when traveling alone.