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When hello darling turns violent

Mary Brandon was savagely beaten when she stood up to a man who groped her at the Notting Hill Carnival. What makes some men think they have a right to put their hands on womens bodies?

A 22-year-old student trying to enjoy the Notting Hill Carnival ended up spending nine hours in hospital this week because she had the audacity to stand up to a man who groped her. Mary Brandon posted a photograph of her severely swollen, battered and bruised face to her Facebook page, along with a description of the incident. She wrote: A man in the crowd grabbed my arse. When I told him not to he did it again.

I pushed him away, exercising my right to tell a man to stop touching my body without my permission, so he took a swing at me and punched me in the face.

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