A young female university student has relived the horrific ordeal of being attacked by three men while she was walking on a city street all because she was wearing a skirt.
The woman, who has been identified only as Elisabeth, was walking home on September 18 in the French city of Strasbourg when she was approached by three men in their 20s.
“One of the three men said to me, ‘look at this w**** in a skirt,” the 22-year-old revealed to local publication France Bleu.
“I allow myself to answer ‘sorry’. There, they answer me: ‘you shut up b**** and you lower your eyes’. Two each grab me by one arm and the third punches me in the face. And then, the three flee.”
The young woman suffered a black eye in the attack and claimed despite there being 15 witnesses, nobody reacted during or after the attack.
She was however grateful she didn’t suffer worse injuries and refused to let the incident change her behaviour.
“We must not let ourselves be defeated and now be afraid to go out, be afraid to put on a skirt,” she said.
She described street harassment, which has been illegal since 2018, as “really violent, dirty and perverse”.
Minister speaks out again ‘misogynistic’ attack
French interior minister Marlene Schiappa told France Bleu “the skirt is not responsible for the attack”.
“A woman is never hit because she wears a skirt. A woman is hit because there are people who are misogynistic, sexist, violent, and who free themselves from any law and any rule of civility by striking them,” she said.
“When you’re a student and you have to think about the outfit you have to wear and the message it sends, it’s an overwhelming mental load.”
According to France Bleu, another two women were attacked on Wednesday in the city of Mulhouse.
Police said the 18-year-old offender told the women their outfits were “too short” and slapped one of them in the face. As the second woman intervened, she was pushed back and “taken by the throat”.
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