It happens every day. Girls, regardless of their age, are sexually harassed in public places. And, too often, people in the environment refrain from doing anything.
But when young hockey player Andreas Neuman saw six guys surround a mom and her 15-year-old daughter at a train station, he acted with lightning speed.
“I think it’s shameful that people do not intervene,” he says.
After playing a hockey match, Andreas headed to the station to take the train home. But once there, he witnessed something that immediately upset him.
“Six guys surrounded a mother and daughter, maybe about 15-years-old, and they could see that they were uncomfortable. When the women tried to get out of the ring, the guys pushed them back in again,” he told Arbetarbladet.
Slapped on buttocks
Andreas described how one guy rolled up a newspaper he was holding and topped the women on their behinds. This made Andreas furious.
“I ran towards them and I was tackled into the ring. Things got messy and I fell down on the ground with one of the guys. Then they all just ran off,” he told Arbetarbladet.
Could have gone really badly
After managing to scare off the guys, Andreas was relieved: he felt that their behavior could have ended up even worse for the women. The guys were after all quite larger than him in size. But he says he couldn’t have lived with himself if he’d done nothing.
“I think it was disgusting that people did not intervene.”
If more people thought like Andreas, society would be safer. He deserves praise for his reaction — please share this story to pay tribute to him.