US woman in Mexico City threatened with violence after calling out sexual harrassment
A woman whose knickers were pulled down in the street by a pervert is labelled a ‘whore’ and a ‘Feminazi’ by vile trolls who say next time ‘we will rape you’.
Andrea Noel, a US journalist, posted a CCTV film of the shocking moment a man sneaked up behind her and put his hands under her dress to publicly shame him.
But since the midday attack in Mexico City, 27-year-old Andrea revealed she has been abused by haters who call her a ‘filthy b****’ every 45 SECONDS.
One said: ‘Don’t tempt me anymore, I dropped your skirt you filthy b****, now I’m going to drop you six feet underground.'
‘I hope they rape you dyke,’ wrote another.
One spat: ‘I wish they had raped you, you f***ing blonde b****.'
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Andrea revealed how shocked she is that she expected sympathy – but instead she has been attacked.
Some have chosen to defend her attacker and blamed Andrea for tempting him with her short dress.
Amid the torrent of abuse, one troll told her: ‘F***ing b****, women should be in their houses, looking after their children.
'If this guy did anything, it’s because you provoked it by wearing a short skirt. It’s your fault, and I hope the next time they rape you so you know your place. B****.'
Another wrote: ‘Watch yourself, because we’re going to rape you for walking around with your arse out in beautiful Mexico, b****.'
Andrea said: ‘It’s been absolutely terrifying, not only because thousands of people have threatened to kill me, but also because the authorities haven’t taken it seriously’,
Andrea, from Los Angeles, was walking in the upmarket Condesa neighbourhood International Women’s Day, when a man ran up from behind and pulled down her knickers.
She was left embarrassed on the street as she grappled to pull them up again.
She reported the incident to police who haven’t found the man. She released the footage on social media to try to find him.
Since then as well as the threats, she has seen men she doesn’t know loitering outside her front door and lasers have been pointed at her head as she sits in her living room.
‘I had a laser beam pointed at my head while I was sitting in my own apartment last night, and the police have still done nothing’, she said. ‘I feel completely vulnerable. I immediately checked into a hotel, I’m terrified even to be in my own house.’
Twice in the last 36 hours Andrea has been ‘doxed’, the act of revealing an internet user’s personal information such as address, phone number and location.
‘I was eating breakfast in a café one morning when I suddenly started receiving Twitter messages showing my exact location’, she told MailOnline.
‘People began sending me pictures of them holding guns and informing me they were coming to kill me,’ she said.
Many of the death threats to Andrea have come accompanied with images, terrifying pictures of gangsters, bullets and the various heavy-duty firearms they say they plan to kill her with.
‘The boss has given the order, and unfortunately you die today. I’m going to put you down like the b**** you are’, wrote one Twitter user, while another captioned a picture of a Mexican gangster toting a sub-machine gun with the phrase ‘I’M COMING FOR YOU’.
‘I never thought I’d be threatened with murder for defending my right to walk safely in the street,' said Andrea.
‘There have literally been thousands of people telling me they will rape, torture and kill me, and all it takes is one psycho to actually do the deed,’ she added.
A male newspaper columnist even called her a ‘dyke feminazi’, comments for which he has since been sacked.
‘I’m glad he’s been sacked. You can’t have idiots like that allowed to reach a wider audience’, she told MailOnline. ‘But once again a woman is being blamed for the self-destructive actions of a man,'
Andrea is planning to leave Mexico as she waits for the scandal to blow over, but says the sexism among men is deep rooted in the country.
‘There’s a disgusting machismo culture here,' she said. ‘Mexico presents itself to the outside world as a progressive and forward-looking country, but scratch the surface and you see how ugly it really is.
‘A week before this incident a man followed me home while masturbating inside his trousers. When I got home the man shouted at me that I was a b****, and strolled off.
‘I’ve had my chin slashed, my nose broken and my forehead severely scarred by Mexican muggers,' she said. ‘That’s why I decided to make an issue of getting my skirt pulled down in the street.
‘As the guy ran off I said to myself, after three years of this harassment, "not this time".
But, she added, even after being on the receiving end of so much hatred, she has no regrets.
‘I’ve had rape victims, women in abuse relationships, sex trafficking victims all get in touch with me pleading for me to help them,' she said.
‘At least I’m raising awareness of a serious cultural and systematic problem in Mexico.'
‘It’s not something that’s going to change,' she said, ‘but at least people will know.'