Azmina was walking around London on Saturday night when a stranger attacked her.
The man punched her in the vagina as he walked by, Azmina wrote in a Facebook post.
Azmina shouted at the man, telling him he had just sexually assaulted her. In response, he told her to fuck off and tried to start a fight with her boyfriend.
She tried calling the police but kept reaching their voicemail (she wasn't dialing the emergency line) as she and her boyfriend followed him. When he told her to leave him alone, she got angry and asked him why he felt entitled to touch her body.
On Facebook, she wrote,
Was it because he assumed there would be no consequences? That I would just remain silent and get over it? Was it because I was a young-ish woman? Because I am a brown skinned woman? Did he think it was okay because I was wearing heels? He responded that it was because 'I was attractive and he was intoxicated.'
Note: If you were ever looking for an example of male privilege and entitlement, that'll do it.
Little did the man know, Azmina is a women's rights campaigner, according to New York magazine, so she knows a thing or two about standing up to gendered violence.
The man began apologizing to Azmina, saying he was "stupid," an "idiot" and "so sorry" for what he had done and he will "never do it again" -- but he also kept telling her to "not make such a big deal out of it."
Azmina told him if he really meant he was sorry, he would apologize on camera. He agreed to do it.
In the video, the man says,
Doing that was totally wrong, on every level, and I really am sorry.
I don't know why I decided to take a video, but it was probably because I wanted to use this experience to share this one incredibly simple message -- sexual harassment is never okay. I don't care if you find me attractive and you just had 10 jager bombs, you do not get to act upon whatever entitled feelings our society has convinced you that you have over me because you are a man and I am a woman. And if you act upon those entitled feelings, there will be consequences. I want to find this guy, I want to make sure him and other men (or frankly anyone that thinks it is okay to harass someone on the basis of their gender, sexuality or gender identity) think twice before they act.
Right on, Azmina.
Citations: New York magazine