Women are fighting back. This message hasn’t reached everyone, though. Some men are still treating women as objects, confident in their abilities to manipulate and abuse without recourse. But don’t mess with Leanna Carr. When a man on the street grabbed her backside, Carr decked him. And by the look of her knuckles, it was one hell-of-a-punch.
Carr, a powerlifter from Colorado, was in Ireland when the incident occurred. She was walking down the street in Dublin when a man grabbed her.
When she spun around to confront him, the man “laughed hysterically.” Carr said the man looked at her and said “you’re an American. You probably liked it.”
“Apparently traveling solo has made me a better person because my first reaction was to punch him in the face,” she said.
“Despite sporting an enviable figure and rippling muscles,” the Daily Mail writes, “the 139lb athlete said she hadn’t punched someone before and was ‘never a violent person’.”
“Don’t ever touch a girl like that again, I could get you arrested,” she told the man.
The man reportedly wanted to fight Carr, but others on the street stopped him.
“My first reaction was a little guilt, wondering if I had done the right thing in the situation,” she told reporters.
“I don’t think violence is always the answer, and I did get lucky that the altercation didn’t end up badly for me.”
Carr’s time in Ireland was at the front end of a three week tour of Europe. And Carr’s traveling alone. While many may have seen this encounter as a rough start, Carr seems to be taking it in stride. And the rest of the Irish people she met were much more gracious, and less obnoxious.
“Traveling solo throughout Europe has been one of the most amazing and empowering experiences of my life,” she later wrote on social media.