Male Attacker Forced To Hold ‘I BEAT WOMEN’ Sign On Busy Street, But Is This Helpful?
A man who brutally assaulted a woman in a car after leaving a Tampa, FL nightclub was forced to endure a humiliating punishment, but some activists believe it sent the wrong message. Rather than pressing charges against her attacker, Alisha Hessler offered to drop them if he stood on a busy intersection with a dunce cap, holding a sign which said “I BEAT WOMEN. HONK IF I’M A SCUMBAG.”
However, some activists felt that her form of punishment trivialized a very serious issue. “There’s so many problems with this,” said Mindy Murphy, the CEO of a local domestic violence center in Tampa. “Women die every day at the hands of abusers. Sexual assaults occur every day. The fact that we’ve got a guy sitting in a dunce cap with a sign on the side of the road really is trivializing a serious issue.”
The female victim, Alisha Hessler, said that the man tagged along with two friends of hers when they went clubbing and he beat her in the car on the way home. Tampa Police Department Lt. Ronald McMullen told ABCNews.com said that the man repeatedly reached up her skirt on the way home. She said “no” several times and finally slapped him as a last-resort effort. After the slap, Hessler said that “he started beating me repeatedly until I had a broken nose and a concussion.”
Hessler initially filed a police report and could have moved forward with an arrest due to substantial evidence, but contacted the man on Facebook after he reportedly expressed regret over his alcohol-fueled behavior. After he agreed to hold the sign, she eventually signed a complaint withdrawal. She also claimed to want him to sign a waiver allowing her to beat him for 10 minutes, but decided against it after deeming it “too risky.”