Kathryn Thomas has revealed that she was called a “b***h” among other obscenities after confronting a catcaller on the street.
The presenter spoke about the incident in her Irish Daily Star column to shine a light on how the issue of catcalling should be unacceptable in today’s society.
“It is not okay and it is not right. But we put up with it. Why?”, she wrote in her column.
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“Because society says it’s only a bit of harmless fun and boys will be boys after all.
“The unwanted attention generally happens when women are on their own and men are in packs, making us feel even more vulnerable.”
The 36-year-old also admitted that she has only had the ‘nerve’ to confront catcallers on one occasion, and unfortunately it turned nasty.
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“A pack of men were shouting sexual obscenities and I walked up to the main player, right to his face and asked him he thought his behaviour was acceptable. If he had a daughter would he like her to be subjected to that sort of abuse?” she revealed.
“I was laughed at, told to relax and take a compliment when it was given.”
However, as Kathryn began to walk away – the abuse took a turn for the worst.
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“I was called a ‘b****’, told I was ‘full of myself’, and that he ‘wouldn’t touch me with a 10 foot barge pole.'”
Kathryn then went on say that surely this should be considered a criminal offence, and offenders should be fined.
“If we can impose fines for dog poo on the streets, surely we can do the same for this sort of s***,” she added.