A waiter from a Georgia restaurant receives praise for doing justice to a customer who groped after slamming the man in a takedown taken on a surveillance video.
The CCTV video shows the waiter, who identified herself as Emilia Holden, taking control of a customer at Vinnie Van Go-Go in Savannah, Georgia, when a man passing by her decides to grope.
In the space of a few seconds, Holden, 21, can be seen to turn around, grab the man by the collar and put him in a leading position before slamming the man on the ground in the incident of Saturday, June 30.
We can then see the server screaming at the man before telling a colleague to call the police.
After reviewing the footage, the police arrested the man, who spent the weekend in a prison cell, according to Holden.
The man has since been identified as Ryan Cherwinski, 31, from Palm Bay, Florida. The records of Chatham County Court show that he was charged with sexual violence on the day of the incident.
Cherwinski would be in a couple, with twin girls, according to Sun.
In a statement posted on a Facebook page appearing to belong to Holden, the 21-year-old said the client "had what he deserved".
The server stated that although she appreciated "all the kind words" from her supporters, she had no interest in talking more about the incident.
"What is done is done," she said. "I'm just trying to live my life," Holden said.
The 21-year-old decided to take advantage of the video's attention to try to raise funds for animal shelters in Savannah.
"If you saw my video and were moved by what you saw, then feel free to donate," Holden said, attaching a GoFundMe page titled "Cash for Cats ".
"Recently, a video of me became viral and I drew a lot of attention," Holden wrote on the fundraising page. "I'd like to take this opportunity to give back something that matters a lot to CATS!"
Up to now, the fundraising initiative has raised more than 6 $ 870 from its goal of $ 20,000, with at least 252 contributions within 15 hours after the page is posted.
Ever since the news of the Holden holdup has broken, the Vinnie Go-Go restaurant's Facebook page has been inundated with words of encouragement, its supporters telling the restaurant how proud they are of the company's actions. server.
A partisan even painted a portrait of Holden, with the words that she would have screamed at the man: "You do not touch me, my mother."
In the wake of the movement # MeToo, has become increasingly clear how sexual harassment and aggression are ubiquitous in various industries, including the service sector.
A report released last year by the Center for American Progress revealed that more than a quarter of all sexual harassment charges had been filed. industries with a large number of service sector workers, "including many low-wage jobs that are often held by women".
Holden said that she hopes her experience will help other women to "know that it is acceptable to defend themselves," expressing herself in an interview with Sun.
"You have every right to wear what you want and you most certainly have the right to defend yourself," she said.