Gabrielle Walsh, 18, was out with a friend when three men approached them on Saturday night. As the pair tried to walk away, the men continued to attempt to engage them in conversation. Walsh told one of the men, “I’m sorry, I’m not interested,” hoping that would be the end of it. Then, the situation turned violent.
The incident took place in central Manchester in England, according to a report by the Daily Mail. Once Walsh and her friend were approached by the men, the pair tried to walk away. However, the men were persistent, continuing to follow them and trying to talk to them.
Walsh told one of the men, “I’m sorry, I’m not interested,” in an attempt to convince the men to leave them alone. However, the comment sparked an altercation.
“They kept harassing us. I was saying to [my friend] Kyle, ‘Let’s go,’” said Walsh. “Then [the man] hit me – he fully knocked me out.”
“When I woke up I was on the floor, and the three of them had jumped on Kyle as well,” Walsh continued.
The pair received help from Village Angels community safety group volunteers, including some first aid for their injuries.
“They tried to get me an ambulance, but they said it was a two-hour wait, so I just got a taxi to the hospital,” said Walsh.
“They didn’t do much; they basically just gave me some eye drops and told me to go home.”
“I went back to the eye hospital today, and they said I’ve got a blood clot on my eye,” she added. “I still can’t really see out of it, when I open my eye all I see is yellow.”
A friend posted photos of Walsh’s injuries on social media as well as an overview of what occurred. The post has since been shared several hundred times.
Walsh said that the incident has left her fearful of going out alone. “I’m not a rude person,” Walsh asserted. “I just said, ‘Sorry, I’m not interested.’”
“I think it was a jealousy, ego thing because I rejected him in front of his friends.”
“Girls feel like they can’t say ‘no,’” she added. “They feel like if they say no, then they might hurt you and, in this case, it was true.”
“It’s scared me; I’m scared to go out, I’ve always got to be with somebody.”