What would you do if you saw someone sexually assault another person in public? You might think, ‘of course, I’d act!’ In 2012, Elisa Lopez fell asleep on the NYC subway while a man put his hand up her skirt and sexually assaulted her while no one did anything. Actually, someone did do something – they recorded the assault on video.
That video went viral. The attacker was never caught. http://gawker.com/5953934/shameless-predator-caught-on-camera-molesting-sleeping-subway-rider
Today, Lopez is speaking out about her attack, and the fact that no one helped her. She wants her voice heard. After all, video of her assault was plastered all over the media in NYC. And she hasn’t spoken until now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZFdz_zNurY&feature=youtu.be
This injustice outrages me. I know, in many big cities, we all feel anonymous. But, what happened to humanity. This guy doesn’t seem that scary. He doesn’t seem like he could overpower an average person. Maybe he could, but it’s not readily apparent in looking at him. And still, no one yelled at this guy? No one screamed. My opinion is by doing nothing, you are condoning the epidemic of sexual violence against women in this country. I thought more highly of us.
I know from reporting on stories of unbelievable pain and heartbreak and those perseverance and justice being served, that it is all incumbent upon us to take care of our neighbor, even if we don’t know them.
Thank you, Elisa Lopez for your bravery and for sharing your story. Now, I can share it with you. And hopefully, you can share it with others. If you are as outraged as I am, I hope you’ll tell at least one other person. Maybe this can spur us to act.
New note: I know that Elisa has risen above the label of ‘victim.’ For anyone reading this, who needs some inspiration to rise above the labels society has placed upon you, please see my recent TEDX talk: http://bit.ly/1ImWKnZ