Young woman, 22, ‘punched in face for wearing a skirt’ while walking home
A young woman was allegedly punched in the face by three men because she was wearing a skirt.
The 22-year-old, known only as Elisabeth, was on her way home in Strasbourg, France last Friday when she was violently attacked.
The victim claims she was held down by two men and punched by a third simply because they were angry with how she was dressed.
She told France Bleu : “One of the three men said to me ‘look at this wh**e in a skirt’
“I allowed myself to answer ‘sorry’. Then, they answered me ‘you shut up bi**h and lower your eyes’.
“Two of them grabbed me by one arm and the third punched me in the face. And then, the three fled.”
Elisabeth, a foreign languages student, claims more than a dozen people witnessed the attack, which left her with a black eye, although no one intervened.
Despite the horrific ordeal, the victim says she will not let the attack affect her confidence.
“I have thought a lot about perspective, it could have been much worse,” she said.
“Life is so short, there are so many beautiful things that happen.
“We must not let ourselves be defeated and be afraid of going out, or be afraid to put on a skirt”.
Following the news of the alleged attack, the French Government urged the nation to dress how they want.
Spokesperson Gabriel Attal said: “In France we must be able to go out dressed in the street as we want.
“We cannot accept that today in France, a woman feels in danger, either harassed, threatened or beaten because of how she dresses.”
Speaking on France Bleu Alsace radio, Junior interior minister Marlence Schiappa said: “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 of any law or any rule of civility by striking them.”