Sunday 24 March 2019

Tourist Leanna goes viral after punching groper

Leanna Carr (right) said she hit the man ‘on the cheekbone, hard’
Leanna Carr (right) said she hit the man ‘on the cheekbone, hard’

An American tourist has gone viral on Twitter after she punched a man for sexually harassing her on the streets of Dublin.

Leanna Carr (26) was walking from her hostel to the bus stop near Aston Quay last Tuesday when she felt someone grope her from behind.

"I was walking in a hurry to catch my bus, when I felt someone grab my bum, hard," she said.

"I turned around a little shocked initially, and said, 'What the f**k' to him.

"He started laughing, and said, 'Oh, you're an American, you probably liked it'.

"I am never a violent person, and I have never punched anyone before, but I became so angry and had so much adrenaline that my reaction was to punch him.

"I got him on the cheekbone, hard.

"I started yelling a couple more things to him, like, 'Don't ever touch a girl like that again, I could get you arrested'.

"He became very mad and I thought he was going to hit back, but there was an older couple next to us who saw the whole thing and the gentleman told the scumbag to keep walking.

"The man started laughing again and then crossed the street to disappear in the crowd of people."

The powerlifter was visiting Ireland as part of a three-week trip to Europe.


Leanna was on the second day of her travels when the incident happened, and it initially left her feeling discouraged.

"I've never travelled solo and for this to have happened made me a little nervous," she said.

"My first reaction was a little guilt, wondering if I had done the right thing in the situation. I probably would have reacted differently, say, if I had been in a dark alley alone with him.

"I don't think violence is always the answer, and I did get lucky that the altercation didn't end up badly for me."

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