A female journalist reporting on the World Cup in Russia was allegedly sexually assaulted live on the air last week and is speaking out about it on social media.
Colombian reporter Julieth Gonzalez Theran was standing in a city square in Saransk, Russia, while reporting on the World Cup for Deutsche Welle, a German news station.
While speaking on camera, a man lurched into the frame and appeared to grab her breast while kissing her cheek – he quickly fled the scene.
Gonzalez Theran remained professional after the groping and kept her composure throughout the remainder of the broadcast.
After the attack, Gonzalez Theran took to Instagram to share the video of her report and call for more respect towards female journalists.
“We do not deserve this treatment,” she said. “We are equally valuable and professionals. I share the joy of football, but we must identify the limits of affection and harassment.”
The broadcast company, Deutsche Welle, later posted the footage of her attack to Instagram, with the consent of the young journalist, in hopes of showing what female sports reporters have to deal with on a daily basis. “It is not a kiss, it is a non-consensual attack,” the company said.
The man has yet to be identified.