Woman speaks out after hitting back at man who groped her while she was topless at New Year’s Eve Festival

"I stand by my actions and hope that I've inspired women to feel comfortable in their bodies"

A woman who defended herself against a man who groped her while she was topless at a New Year’s Eve Festival has spoken out. Watch footage of the incident below.

In footage that has now gone viral, 20-year-old Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller can be seen walking topless with her chest painted through the crowds at Rhythm & Vines Festival in New Zealand, when one male reveller chases after her before allegedly groping her.

Madeline and her friend Kiri-Ann Hatfield then followed the man back to where he sat with his group of friends, before punching and pouring a drink over him.

 

“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,” Madeline later told The Daily Mail.

“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.”

She added: “A human’s body is their own, and nobody has a right to touch you without your consent, regardless of what they’re wearing or the lack thereof.”

For more information on fighting sexual harassment at gigs and festivals, visit Girls Against.