Woman Live-Tweets Getting Groped On A Plane
Ariana Lenarsky was on a flight when a man groped her over the weekend.
While she was still on the plane she accessed WiFi and started tweeting about the incident.
She said when she walked by, he "grabbed & stroked my calf." She took his picture to try and freak him out, but she said she wasn't going to post it.
Lenarsky tweeted that she told flight attendants about the man on the plane who groped her. The attendants told her other women had already complained about him.
As she remained on the plane for another hour and a half, she considered what to do to handle the situation.
Lenarsky spoke to the attendants again, who told her local authorities would be meeting the plane when it landed.
When they did land, police escorted the man off the plane. Lenarsky and another woman gave reports.
The women ended up not pressing charges. Since the incident happened in the sky, the other woman would have to get the FBI involved, which made her not want to go through the trouble.
As for Lenarsky, she would have to pay for travel back to Austin to press charges because her incident occurred in their jurisdiction. She said she didn't want to do that.
The police at the airport told her it was "not the crime of the century" and they would "give him a talking to."
Tongue in cheek, Lenarsky said she decided to now post the photo she had taken of the man, since apparently battery on an airplane isn't that big of a deal.
Trump surrogate Katrina Pierson argued that couldn't have been possible because the armrest would be in the way.
Despite this crack argument, sexual assault does happen on planes.
It's difficult to know how many cases of sexual assault and battery happen on airplanes because there's a lack of data compilation, as well as the fact that those crimes are often underreported, Nora Caplan-Bricker wrote for Slate this summer.
Flight attendants don't get much training about what to do in case of sexual assault and battery.
Lenarsky was able to tell the attendants, who did do the right thing in alerting the authorities at their destination. But other legal barriers still make it hard to actually press charges in these cases, as Lenarsky experienced firsthand.
After the flight, Lenarsky said the entire situation was "exhausting, ridiculous and embarrassing."
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