Paris court convicts man who slapped woman in street assault that went viral
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A Paris court has convicted the man seen striking a woman on a Paris street in a CCTV video that went viral in July. He was handed a 12-month sentence for violence – including six months suspended – and ordered to pay €2,000 in damages.
The 25-year-old was also ordered to receive sexual and domestic violence treatment and forbidden from contacting the victim, 22-year-old Marie Laguerre.
Laguerre posted footage of the shocking attack on her Facebook page on July 25, describing how the man had made "humiliating" comments along with whistles and explicit language as she made her way home in northeastern Paris.
"So I said, "Shut up!" while continuing on my way because I do not tolerate this type of behaviour,' she wrote "I cannot keep silent and we must not stay silent."
But "this man didn't like that", she continued, explaining that he first threw an ashtray at her before following her and then "hitting her in the face in the street, in broad daylight, in front of dozens of witnesses".
22 year-old Marie Laguerre faces the media ahead of the trial of the man accused of assaulting her in street in Paris in July. The images went viral and sparked a huge debate on sexual harassment. She told me she only slept 3 hours last night pic.twitter.com/hoPkHGtFpDCatherine Norris-Trent (@cntrentF24) October 4, 2018
The footage and Laguerre’s response to her assault was shared around the world on social media.
She later launched a website – www.noustoutesharcelement.fr – with the support of feminist activist groups. The site provides a platform for others who have been sexually harassed in the street to tell their stories anonymously.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP)