Women know all too well how creepy and persistent complete strangers can be. Many — if not most — women have found themselves approached by strange men who have made inappropriate advances on them, sometimes by making creepy comments or even by touching them without their consent.
The prevalence of these instances has left many people asking what they should do if they witness something like this in public. Is it more helpful to intervene and tell the creep to get away from their victim, or would that cause unnecessary escalation? Is it better to mind your own business and trust that the uncomfortable person will make it out of the situation unharmed? Is there any right course of action?
One young man went with his gut feeling when he saw this happening to one young woman at the mall, and it paid off.
Brandon Robert told Buzzfeed that the young woman in question, who he said appeared to be about nineteen and looked frightened, was being hit on by a persistent man who “appeared to be intoxicated or on drugs.” As Brandon kept an eye on the situation, concerned for the woman’s comfort and safety, he made eye contact with her a few times.
After some time, Brandon realized that the man wasn’t going to leave the young woman alone, so he took matters into his own hands and approached her, pretending to know her so she’d have an excuse to get away from the uncomfortable situation. The woman caught on right away and played along, thanking Brandon as they walked away to go chat with his “Aunt Claire.”
Brandon’s video has been viewed over 33 million times on TikTok, and he’s being praised for his quick and creative thinking that helped the woman get out of trouble.
She was so thankful 🥺🥺♬ original sound – Brandon Robert
Before doing this yourself, it’s important to remember that just because you know you have good intentions doesn’t mean that the person you’re trying to help will also know. The fact that Brandon and the woman he helped made eye contact a few times likely made her understand that he was aware of what was happening and didn’t mean her any harm by trying to capitalize on her vulnerability.
Great job, Brandon! We wish there were more people wanting to take action to help others.