It's every woman's nightmare, and too many women's reality. As many as 60% of women have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace and just as many on college campuses. Often, the perpetrator is known to the victim. But when a stranger does it, it has the potential to be even more terrifying. That's exactly what happened to one Seattle woman.
28-year-old Julia Marquand says she was walking on the sidewalk when a stranger groped her. He tried to walk away as if nothing happened. That's when Julia pulled out her smartphone and started snapping pictures of the alleged groper.
— Julia Marquand (@JuliaMarquand) October 13, 2014
She tweeted: This dude groped me in Seattle yesterday. Cops didn't want the pic.
You would think her testimony and the photos would be enough to get the police to investigate, but the officer she spoke to refused to even look at the photos. Too often, this kind of sexual harassment goes unpunished, but thankfully, Julia didn't leave it at that.
When the police wouldn't take her photos, Julia posted them on Twitter. At the time, she had only 13 followers, but by using Twitter's tagging feature, she got the photo into the hands of influential journalists and bloggers. Tagging is when you type somebody's Twitter handle with the "@" symbol in your tweet. It will pop up in their feed and hopefully they will see what you tweeted.
It worked. All the hubbub online caught the attention of the alleged harasser's probation officer. It turns out that he's a level three convicted sex offender. Now he's back behind bars where he belongs.
— Jamie Tompkins (@JamieQ13FOX) October 16, 2014
Jamie Tompkins of TV station Q13Fox tweeted: Level 3 sex offender Daryl Sharma arrested this afternoon by DOC officers - violating terms of supervision.
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