A video is currently doing the rounds across the Internet after a 20-year old woman was filmed punching a man who groped her at a festival in New Zealand. Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller attended last week's Rhythm And Vines festival in Gisbourne, New Zealand when the incident occurred. A bystander caught the man running behind Anello-Kitzmiller - who was topless rocking the 'glitter tits' trend - groping her, and running away. The video then proceeded to show her immediate reaction, with her and a friend following him until he sat down, where he got a right-hander and a drink thrown in his face.
With the video's virality came instant critics, who said by Madeline being topless, she was 'asking' to be harrassed. Since then, she's released her own video and spoken out against those who placed blame on her, opening up about harassment and the general sexualisation of women.
“My lack of clothing is not the problem,” Madeline said in the Facebook video. “The problem is people thinking they have the right to touch my body without consent.” She continued by saying, “My breasts are not sex toys. They're not an invitation.”
The event manager at Rhythm And Vines Festival, Dan Turner, said that he was “incredibly disappointed” by the harassment, when talking to New Zealand Herald. Festivals continue to see sexual harassment and assault reports increase year after year, despite festival sites being considered a safe space.
Regardless of the incident, Anello-Kitzmiller hasn't been put off: “The glitter tits will be coming back,” she said.