A news story from London today, gave me goose bumps. A stranger stepped in to help a woman who was being assaulted on a bus.
Now, she wants to thank him.
In a Facebook post which has been shared more than 16,000 times, the UK woman did not describe the details of the assault but wrote: "Thank you for saying something when that man attacked me. Thank you for insisting that it was not acceptable [...] You said, 'She could be your sister. She is someone's sister,' and in doing so you made me a person. You made us a community.
"I thank you not just because you stood up for me, or because you made me feel safe, but because on your transit home - in this big, potentially anonymous city - you humanised assault. You didn't turn away. You took a stand.
"Because you are right. I am someone's sister. We all are. And us kids should all stand up for each other."
In Britain, ninety per cent of women have experienced a form of street harassment before the age of 17, according to a recent international survey carried out by Cornell University and anti-harassment campaign group Hollaback! This was higher than the international average of 84 per cent. Source: Independent.
I'd like to think we would all do the same thing—step in and make a difference when we see something that isn't right. Even little old ladies like me, waving my stick. If one person takes a stand, others would join in. We should yell and shout, call for the police, do anything to stop attacks on defenceless young women.
The wonderful blues song, "Let's Stick Together" or "Let's Work Together" as it was subsequently titled, was released in 1962. In 1969–1970, the song became a hit for the songwriter Harrison and has been recorded by a variety of artists, including Bryan Ferry and Canned Heat, who had chart successes with the song.
An excerpt from Let's Work Together:
Together we'll stand
Divided we'll fall
Come on now, people
Let's get on the ball
And work together
Come on, come on
Let's work together
Now, now people
Because together we will stand
Every boy, every girl and man
I know—If we intervene in an attack, we might get hurt. But, let's stick together.