A sports broadcaster has defended her actions after she hit a fan who groped her while she was reporting on a football match.
During a post-match report of the CONCACAF Champions League Final between Guadalajara and Toronto FC, reporter Maria Fernanda Mora was groped by an overzealous male fan during her live broadcast.
It happened outside Guadalajara’s stadium after the team beat Toronto, while Mora was giving her report she was joined by boisterous fans happy at their team’s victory. However, one man took it too far and saw it fit to inappropriately touch her.
When she realises what’s happened she immediately turns around and hits the man with her microphone, the fan looks stunned, presumably because he did not expect her to react in such a way and walks away confused.
Soon afterwards, Mora, clearly frustrated at what just happened, walks off camera.
She later took to Twitter and Instagram to defend her reasons, as well as stating no regrets for her ‘reaction at all’.
In a long worded letter she wrote:
What happened to me at dawn on Thursday, happens to thousands of women every day in public spaces. The difference is that it happened to me during a live link on television and I decided to defend myself. My reaction is what turned the fact into something viral.
I thought, It could be an accidental rubbing because of people’s pushing and I kept talking to the camera. This guy, emboldened because I did not react and kept doing my job, put his hand between my buttocks twice more. I decided to defend myself.
Her post went onto say:
I thought, It could be an accidental rubbing because of people’s pushing and I kept talking to the camera.
This guy, emboldened because I did not react and kept doing my job, put his hand between my buttocks twice more. I decided to defend myself.
She went onto say women ‘will not be quiet’ when it comes to the subject of sexual harassment.
According to German newspaper Bild, several high profile broadcasters and presenters in Mexico came out in support of Mora, defending her right to react the way she did. They also came out with the Twitter hashtag #UnaSomosTodas – which translates to ‘One Like Us All’.
Despite the ever-changing times, sexual harassment is still a hardline issue which needs to be tackled. Recently UNILAD spoke to Gina Martin who, after her harrowing experience, is trying to change the laws on upskirting.
Gina was waiting for The Killers to come on stage at British Summer Time, in 30-degree heat, with her sister when a man took a photograph up her skirt.
Since the gross and ‘scary’ invasion of privacy, Gina told UNILAD, her life has changed.
After feeling ‘angry’ and ‘humiliated’, the 26-year-old Londoner is now determined no more women will suffer the same injustice.
Speaking to UNILAD, Gina recounted the day’s events:
Me and my sister had gone to watch The Killers at British Summer Time. It was 30 degrees and sunny. We were waiting for them to come on stage when two guys started hitting on me.
One of them kept going even though I kept rejecting his advances.
You read the rest of Gina’s story here.
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