Footage of an elderly woman fighting valiantly against her male attacker has gone viral today, with viewers simply delighted to see the condition the perpetrator was left in.
Scroll on to watch for yourself...
Now, it's sadly no secret that millions of women all around the world live in fear of being attacked or harassed while out in the street.
Did you know that in the United Kingdom, ninety-seven percent of young women have been sexually harassed by men at some point in their lives?
A survey released by UN Women UK found that this percentage of females aged between eighteen to twenty-four have suffered some form of sexual harassment...
And that, as a result, they are losing faith in the ability of authorities to effectively deal with the abuse that they receive.
This is not okay...
Even after all these years if I am out late at night on an isolated street & I hear a man’s footsteps behind me I automatically cross the road. It is the habit of a lifetime to try & keep safe. But it should not have to be like this #SarahEverard— Diane Abbott MP (@HackneyAbbott) March 11, 2021
And, although the awareness surrounding domestic abuse and sexual harassment is now more prominent than ever, way too many women find themselves as victims of these horrendous crimes every single day.
It shouldn't be like this...
But sadly, there are so many men out there who remain ignorant to the danger women face on a daily basis.
So, following the recent kidnap and murder of British woman, Sarah Everard, women from all over the world have been rallying together to share tips on how to stay safe when walking out in public or the streets alone...
And debates of what it actually takes for women to feel safe have been rife online, with women everywhere still trying to process this injustice.
But now, amid the protests and debates, there has been yet another unprovoked attack.
Footage from San Francisco has gone viral today that shows an elderly woman in the aftermath of an attack in the street.
Seventy-six-year-old Xiao Zhen Xie was randomly attacked by a young white male while standing at a street crossing.
She claimed that the thirty-nine-year-old man had punched her in the face in what she believes was a racially-motivated attack.
She was forced to retaliate by fighting back with a wooden plank which, quite remarkably, put him in the hospital.
Of course, people have been left completely outraged by the footage...
This is heartbreaking. I want to comfort her.— Leia (@TheSWPrincess) March 18, 2021
She gets an ice pack while he gets a bed to lay on!? I’m confused.— ʙᴇ •‿• oPsch0ch!cKo ⟭⟬ ♡ ⟬⟭ suga march (@OPsychochickOo) March 17, 2021
I really cannot wrap my head around why they aren't giving her more attention, having her sit down, and hopefully x-rays to see if he broke her nose or anything else for that matter... Lack of medical equity here. No one to comfort her, either, and no translator...??— Sara (@SaraBAyres) March 18, 2021
I find it quite funny that the men who punched her is being treated as a victim and even being carried, while the 70 YEARS OLD LADY is standing there hurt with only a bag of ice— Larissa (@heylarez) March 17, 2021
I love that she’s still standing and clearly ready to go, while he’s laid out on a gurney. Go, grandma! 💪🏼— CallMeBernita (@CallMeBernita) March 17, 2021
So she’s left alone while they tend to the thug?! 🤬— Brian 🌁🏙 (@SFbrian415) March 17, 2021
please I want to buy a cake for this awesome grandma someone get her link up!— I tried (@Yaya05101) March 17, 2021
I am crying watching this video! No official even came over to comfort the senior victim. She has to keep repeating herself about what happened!— Anderson Huu 🧢 📚 🐉📿☯️ (@AndersonHuu) March 17, 2021
Clutching a blood-soaked tissue, Xie was visibly shaken and upset.
In Cantonese, she could be heard shouting, "you bum, why did you bully me?" and "he hit me, he hit me!"
She eventually bursts into tears...
As a female police officer attempts to remove the wooden plank she'd used as a weapon from her hand.
The perpetrator, meanwhile, could be seen lying quietly on a stretcher...
Covered in blood and seemingly a little stunned by his victim's valiant response.
From her retirement home, Xie, who has lived in San Francisco for twenty-six years, recounted the attack.
Her daughter, Dong-Mei Li, who was translating, told KPIX 5 that Xie was "very traumatized" and "very scared" after the incident and that one of her eyes is still bleeding.
Li also said that her mother cannot see out of her left eye and has not been able to eat since the attack.
The family has since set up a GoFundMe to cover Xie's medical costs.
The fundraiser's description read:
"I am fundraising for my grandmother that was racially attacked today on 3-17-21 market street. I am amazed by her bravery. She was the one that defended herself from this unprovoked attack... She has been severely affected mentally, physically, and emotionally. She also stated that she is afraid to step out of her home from now on. This traumatic event has left her with PTSD."
Over $130,000 has since been raised, smashing the original $50,000 goal.
You can watch the footage below.
Just came upon an attack on an elderly Asian woman on Market Street San Francisco. Effort I got more details pic.twitter.com/5o8r0eeHE2— Dennis O'Donnell (@DennisKPIX) March 17, 2021
Get well soon, Xiao Zhen Xie.
Details surrounding the identity and condition of her attacker are yet to be released.