Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller, a 20-year-old woman from the United States, was attending the Rhythm & Vines festival in Gisborne, New Zealand when a man walked up behind her and groped her breast in front of hundreds of onlookers. Anello-Kitzmiller, who was walking with a female friend, was topless and sporting glitter paint at the time.
The women quickly retaliated, striking the man several times. Her friend also poured a drink on him, according to The New Zealand-Herald. Though we don’t condone violence, we also understand the woman’s reaction to being touched without consent and support every person’s right to defend themselves from unwanted touch
Annello-Kitzmiller’s revenge attack went viral on Facebook, and she told Daily Mail that she doesn’t regret anything.
“I stand by my actions and hope that I’ve inspired women to feel comfortable in their bodies, no matter how they look, and to stick up for themselves when anybody says otherwise or tries to deny you the right to protect your own body.”
“He grabbed my breast. I hit him. There was a lot of built up anger coming from harassment throughout the day. This happens everywhere, not just New Zealand.”
Annello-Kitzmiller added that her chest was painted at a stall, and she was disgusted that people thought she and her boyfriend’s sister’s outfits were an invitation for abuse.