A young woman who claims she was assaulted on a bus at night is using the power of social media to find the stranger who came to her defense.
After the incident, Toronto-born Kaitlyn Regehr, who now lives in London, England, posted a photo of herself on her Facebook page holding a sign saying, “Thank you.”
Posted by Kaitlyn Regehr on Thursday, October 8, 2015
She also included this description of the assault.
To the man on the 207 buss towards Acton last night (the tall, dark, and dapper one with the beard),
Thank you for saying something when that man grabbed me. Thank you for insisting that it was not acceptable. Most of all, thank you for asking him about the women in his life, his mother, his sister… You said, “She could be your sister. She is someone’s sister”, and in doing so you made me a person. You made us a community.
I thank you not just because you stood up for me, or because you made me feel safe, but because on your transit home – in this big, potentially anonymous city – you humanised assault. You didn’t turn away. You took a stand. You said something.
Because you were right. I am someone’s sister. We all are. And us kids should all stand up for each other.
– The little blond chick in the hat on the 207 towards Acton.
– Please, let’s all endeavour to “say something”, please share, and please help me find this awesome dude so I can buy him a pint!
The post has gone viral, having been shared over 63,000 times,with more than 116,000 “likes.”
Regehr describes herself as a Burlesque expert on her Facebook page, and a “Writer, documentary filmmaker, and dance machine” on her Twitter feed.
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