Woman Gets Groper Arrested By Posting His Picture On Twitter
When Julia Marquand walked into a Seattle store, a man started following her a little too closely, making her suspicious. He then proceeded to reach out and touch her butt. She told him to leave her alone, and he apologized, but that didn’t make up for what he’d just done. Twenty minutes later, she spotted him nearby outside store, confronted him, and took his picture. She told Komo 4 News:
“I was yelling a little bit and there was some people walking by and a couple asked me if I was OK. It seemed like he was trying to do some damage control once he realized I took his photo and (he) was apologizing more and telling me not to take his picture.”
Marquand reported the harassment to police, but they weren’t interested in her photo. Despite having evidence, it seemed pretty clear that nobody was interested in taking action, so Marquand took it upon herself. She posted about the incident on Facebook and posted the guy’s picture on Twitter.
— Julia Marquand (@JuliaMarquand) October 13, 2014
She had a feeling that this was far from the first time he’d pulled something like this because the butt-touching had a somewhat measured, methodical manner to it:
“It seemed like a practiced behavior. Like he knew how to touch a woman just enough so that she wouldn’t raise hell. But I did anyway.”
Sometimes, getting the public eye involved is the only way to get things done. Marquand’s posts started to get traction from local news, and suddenly, the police were showing interest in the case. Department of Corrections officers recognized the man in the picture as Daryl Rudra Sharma, a Level 3 sex offender under supervision. Several other women saw the tweet and came forward, saying that Sharma had harassed them as well. He was arrested and is now being held at a county jail for violating the terms of his Department of Corrections supervision.
Marquand called on other women to tweet about their experiences being groped:
— Deneen Bossard (@glammingitup777) October 16, 2014
— Madeline Ashby (@MadelineAshby) October 16, 2014
— JENN GREEN (@jelrGREEN) October 16, 2014
— Jocelyn Macdonald (@indoorsy_co) October 16, 2014
It’s hard to fully describe the rage, fear, and multitude of other emotions women experience when our bodies are treated like public domain — which is a possible risk every single time we leave the house. It’s dehumanizing. When harassment does happen, it’s surprisingly difficult for even the boldest among us to confront the predator. We’re often made to feel like an annoyance for wanting our right to personal space respected; or as if it’s somehow our fault. After all, most women have had it drilled into their heads since childhood that our major priority should be to avoid taking up too much space, or being too much of a bother, or essentially expressing our feelings in any way that might make others “uncomfortable” — and that makes confronting a wrongdoer scary, even when it’s 100 percent our right to do so. It’s also impossible to know whether a harasser will become violent if he’s called out for his behavior, even in public. Marquand is a total badass for pushing through all those fears and standing up to him anyway. As she told the local news, it’s all about making the world a safer place for women:
“I’m feeling pretty overwhelmed, but I’m really glad that a lot of attention is being focused on the greater issue of street harassment and on women feeling like their bodies are public property to be commented on.”