A Florida woman who was physically beaten by a male attacker has gotten revenge against him in a unique way. Instead of pressing charges, the man wore a dunce cap for hours on a Tampa street corner and held a sign which read: “”I BEAT WOMEN. HONK IF I’M A SCUMBAG,” 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 instead and offered him the option of holding the sign instead of pressing charges. After he agreed, 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.”
However, some domestic abuse awareness advocates felt that her form of punishment sent the wrong message. “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.”