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What Happens When You Harass The Wrong Woman

Footage of a woman in Morocco knocking over a butt-pinching street harasser is going viral on YouTube and has people talking about the consequences of street harassment.

U.K.-based video sharing site, LiveLeak recently released a surveillance video of a woman in a green kaftan bending over in a public setting. A man in a white coat takes this opportunity to grab her rear end, only for her to throw a punch and knock him to the ground. The Mirror reports that he was out for two hours because he hit his head on the pavement after falling. Once more people arrive at the scene and see the man on the ground, the woman appears to yell about what just transpired.

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You can watch the full video here:


"Men: If the concept that women are people doesn't deter you from harassing them, maybe the threat of a serious injury will do the trick," Mic's Marie Solis wrote in response to the video. "Women all over the world are beyond tired of being victims — they're striking back and striking back hard."

Here are some social media reactions to the woman's move:

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Social media has played a large role in exposing the frequency of catcalling and street harassment around the world. Last year, anti-street harassment organization Hollaback! teamed up with Rob Bliss Creative to produce a video titled "10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman," which shows a young woman who is followed and repeatedly harassed during a stroll in New York City. The clip has more than 41 million views:


Though many praised the video for showing that street harassment can be a huge part of a woman's life, it also received criticism for mostly including men of color catcalling the woman. Hollaback! apologized when news surfaced that white men had been edited out.

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After this video was released, digital storytelling network The Scene posted a viral video of dads watching their daughters getting catcalled and footage of sons seeing their mothers experience the exact same thing. In similar style, Cosmopolitan produced a video of men seeing their girlfriends getting catcalled in New York this past summer. In all of these videos, men and boys learned that something as simple as going from A to B can be highly uncomfortable because street harassers just can't help but say inappropriate things to the women they see.

"That's just creepy," a boy named Max said after seeing his mom get catcalled. "If I was uncomfortable and someone kept saying that stuff to me, it would make me feel like an object probably."

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