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Woman Gets Award After Confronting Alleged Subway Flasher

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Nicola Briggs

Nicola Briggs, the woman targeted by an alleged subway flasher on a No. 4 train, broke her silence about the incident on Nov. 24, 2010, granting CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman an exclusive interview. (Photo: CBS 2)

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NEW YORK (CBS 2) – A Westchester martial arts teacher is honored for standing up to an alleged subway flasher.

Close to a million people saw her video on YouTube, where Nicola Briggs confronted 51-year-old Mario Valdivia for, she claims, rubbing up against her and exposing himself on the subway. Her actions led to his arrest.

It turns out he did this to a woman on a train in 2007.

Thursday night, Briggs was honored with the first Shero award from the Professional Women of Westchester. She also received a specially- designed peace sign pendant from a Scarsdale jewelry store.

“My goal is to try to live up to this honor by reaching out to women and sharing with them alternative ways of dealing with a difficult situation,” Briggs said.

She attributed her martial arts training with giving her the confidence to deal with Valdivia.

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subway flasher award
OTS: Confronting a Flasher
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A "WESTCHESTER MARTIAL ARTS TEACHER" IS "HONORED"... FOR STANDING UP TO A SUBWAY FLASHER...
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OUTCUE:...police station."
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("I'm escorting you to the police station.")
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CLOSE TO A MILLION PEOPLE SAW THIS VIDEO ON YOU TUBE, SHOWING "NICOLA BRIGGS"...  IN HER CONFRONTATION WITH THE FLASHER.
HER "ACTIONS" LED TO HIS ARREST.
LAST NIGHT, BRIGGS WAS 'HONORED" WITH THE FIRST "SHE-RO" AWARD FROM THE "PROFESSIONAL WOMEN OF WESTCHESTER".
SHE ALSO RECEIVED A SPECIALLY DESIGNED PEACE-SIGN PENDANT FROM A SCARSDALE JEWELRY STORE...
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RUNS :08
OUTCUE:..difficult situation."
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("my goal is to try to live up to this honor by reaching out to women and sharing with them alternative ways of dealing with a difficult situation.")
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BRIGGS SAYS HER MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING GAVE HER THE CONFIDENCE TO DEAL WITH THE FLASHER.
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