A woman was sexually assaulted by a man while she was shopping in a supermarket. She wanted to warn other women, but as a result she was shamed.
Daisy Delacroix, an American model, shared the disturbing CCTV footage of the assault to her TikTok account.
In the video, she is seen with her shopping trolley looking at the store's selection. A man wearing a hoodie is seen walking down the same aisle.
He then approaches Ms Delacroix from behind, touching her and leaning in. As soon as the man makes contact with Ms Delacroix, she jumps and starts moving away from him.
"Today after work I was grocery shopping and as you can see in this video this man walks up from behind, touches my butt and whispers in my ear 'what's up, baby' I was in complete shock," she wrote on TikTok.
"Ladies please be careful of your surroundings, I did not know this man and he tried to play it off."
She said in the comments the security footage was given to her by the manager. A staff member had come up to her right after the incident.
A few people in the comments were sure the man knew what he was doing, saying he was clearly looking around the aisle to make sure no one was around before approaching Ms Delacroix.
People make 'disturbing' victim-blaming comments
A few people were supportive and acknowledged this would have been a disturbing experience for Ms Delacroix.
However, some people decided to place the blame solely on Ms Delacroix.
The gist of the comments that insinuated Ms Delacroix was somehow responsible for this seemed to think her clothes were the reason she was assaulted in public.
"That’s what you get for coming out half naked," one person said. Ms Delacroix was not half-naked.
Many were disturbed by such a response.
Those comments led others to share their own experiences of when they were harassed or assaulted in public, pointing out clothing has nothing to do with it.
"It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. This happened to me in a grocery store also and I was wearing sweatpants and a baggy T-shirt. He didn’t care," one person said.
"This happened to me when I was 15, I froze in fear as he pressed his body to the back of mine while looking down my shirt. I cried when I got home," another person said.
Ms Delacroix even hit back at those making the disturbing comments by sharing another video to her TikTok.
"Just because women choose to show skin will never make it okay to ever sexually assault women. It will never make it okay to grab any women, just because of our bodies," she said.
"Learn self-control, it's disgusting how some of you think it's okay to touch a woman just because she is showing skin!"
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