You Go Girl: Quick-Thinking College Student That Snapped Pic Of Groper Speaks Out

Shyane DeJesus Describes Her Anger At Attacker, Bystanders Who Did Nothing

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — She’s a fearless college student who bravely took on a subway groper!

Shyane DeJesus turned the tables on him by not only fighting back, but also by snapping a picture of him.

“I kicked him like that, I was punching him like that, and I aimed at his nose,” DeJesus told CBS 2’s John Slattery on Thursday.

DeJesus, 22, was on the Union Square platform waiting for the “6” train when a man approached her. She said he initially rubbed up against her, but then started to grope her.

“He just went for it. He grabbed my left shoulder, pushed my head forward, lifted my dress, groped me and from there I went crazy. I punched him in the face,” DeJesus said.

She said as the train doors opened, the man went in and sat down like nothing happened. So she followed him onto the train.

“So, I yelled out on the train, ‘He groped me on the train! Watch out for this man,’” DeJesus said. “And anger was just in me and I just ran down the car, kicking him and punching him.”

Then, as they approached a stop, she took out her phone and took his photo.

“I wasn’t sure if I got a good picture. My hand was shaking, and I gave him one last hit in the face.  And I got off the rain and called police,” DeJesus said.

She said what surprised her was that other people, neither on the platform nor on the train, including men, looked away.

“I’m not expecting a man to go hit him. Nobody did anything,” DeJesus said.

Going after an attacker can be risky behavior, but this woman has no second thoughts.

“I feel good. I told friends and they said, ‘You go girl.’  And I’m like, yeah,” DeJesus said.

While the investigating detectives did not applaud the young woman’s response, they were thankful she had the presence of mind to get his picture.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • Johnny Handsome

    Maybe they weren’t told before they crossed the border that this sort of thing isn’t allowed in the USA.

  • Daniel Staggers

    First of all, I’m not surprised no one else reacted. They didn’t see anything, all they was some hysterical woman beating on a man. Isn’t that just normal in NYC?

  • Elorie Tate

    I am very impressed with the bravery that this young woman mustered the strength to have in the face of a sexual attack. It is important to note, however, that she was very lucky in this case. Our public has a lot of predators, violence, criminal culture, and on and on. One does not know how an attacker will continue his or her attack. Therefore if at all possible, one should take self defense classes to learn to defend against unwanted attacks. In our current society, a mere bump into someone can cause a violent reaction. However, Ms. DeJesus was reacting within her rights. Bravo!

  • Surfin Bird

    doesnt the publishing of this mans photo violate the privacy act?

  • Joy Thomas

    I give this young lady a full “10” for her bravery and quick thinking,but sad to say everyone stood by and did nothing,that is why these sickos continue to commit these criminal and pervative acts..These cowards know that because of society people are scared to intervene in fear of getting sued by the same sicko if he sustains an injury,that’s where our crimunal justice fails us .Nevertheless,ladies we still have to fight back,even if its by screaming our lungs out,the wacko will take to his feet,also if people start to intervene,I feel that these creeps will not be so bold and forward at commiting these acts/crimes

  • Larz Blackman

    “When seconds matter, the police are only minutes away.” So, that doesn’t exactly fit this incident, but the message still applies: Citizens must fight back! There is no better way to do this than to carry a gun. GUNS PROTECT GOOD PEOPLE!

  • Joe Schmo

    Think her 15 minutes are up.

  • DanTe

    You know, for someone who’s been punched in the nose and kicked, he sure doesn’t look like he’s been touched. Something is amiss here.

  • Mary Jane

    Oh yes, I forgot, CARRY STICK PINS, so that when they get TOO CLOSE, let them have it, THEY’LL JUMP BACK, and QUICK!

    • rmsbl4

      Why stop with stick pins bring out the heavy stuff like a 45.

  • Mary Jane

    I’m very proud of Shyane DeJesus! In all probability I would have done the same thing. I have a very terrible temper, and “I tend to lose it”. GIRLS, REMEMBER TO KICK THEM WHERE IT HURTS (If he has any)!

    This incident reminded me when I was 11 years old, taking the train to School in Brooklyn, and a man was following me from car to car saying discusting things a child should not hear. I was screaming for him to LEAVE ME ALONE, and no one came to my aide. It was a terrifying experience, I tricked him by getting out when the doors were about to close. That experience made me stronger.

  • Ms Joan 2010

    That is right, “You go girl”….. I glad that you protected yourself and took his picture…. This will encourage other young ladies to stand up and speak out…

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