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Mexican Journalist Targeted by Trolls After Posting Footage of 'Sexual Assault'

EJ Dickson - Connections.Mic
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March 14, 2016

Bajan Calzones a Andrea Noel (Witger MX)

The internet is terrible to women. Intellectually, we all know this to be true. Yet sometimes, it's still tough to fathom — particularly if the woman in question is a sexual assault survivor who posted surveillance footage of her assault on Twitter.

That's what happened to Andrea Noel, a freelance journalist based in Mexico City who posted CCTV footage of an on-the-street attack last Tuesday — and was subsequently met with a barrage of despicable victim-blaming and abuse.

It all started when Noel tweeted footage of the attack on International Women's Day. In the CCTV footage, Noel is seen walking down the street while an unidentified man creeps up behind her. The man lifts her skirt up, pulls down her underwear and runs away, while Noel is left sprawled in the streets.

"If anyone recognizes this idiot, please identify him," Noel wrote in her tweet. "Women should be able to walk safely. #FelizDiaDeLaMujer [translation: Happy Women's Day]."

For the most part, Noel's tweet garnered an outpouring of support, as well as nearly 4,000 retweets in the span of only a few days. Yet a small number of literal demons felt it was appropriate to blame Noel for the assault, attributing it to, among other things, her blonde hair and the way she was dressed.

Noel retweeted many of the abusive messages after her story went viral.

Read the rest at Connections.Mic

Related: Former Mexican Mayor Arrested for Ordering Attack on Journalist (Latin American Herald Tribune)

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