A WSAV TV reporter was publicly assaulted and degraded on live television when she was covering the Savannah Bridge Run in Georgia last weekend.
A participant of the run was seen jogging by and slapping the journalist on the backside as she was commentating on the event, leaving her visibly upset and humiliated.
After initially remaining quiet on the matter, she finally spoken out, and her response is perfect. Now the culprit has finally been arrested.
Keep scrolling to learn more about the entire debacle.
Sexual assault is still commonplace in our country...
via: GettyAnd it's not okay.
We live a society where women are supposedly "liberated"...
via: GettyYet, every day, there are new instances arising that demonstrate just how vulnerable women still are.
Every day, women are assaulted here in the States...
via: GettyAnd one of the most recent examples of this disgusting treatment of women was actually captured on live television.
WSAV reporter, Alexandra Bozarjian, was simply doing her job.
via: TwitterThe Georgia-born journalist was covering the annual Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run in Savannah, Georgia.
Things were going well...
via: TwitterAnd the coverage of the run was well and truly underway.
Caitlyn was positioned along the bridge where the run was taking place...
via: TwitterWhere she commentated on the progress of the event with her back to the on-coming runners.
Participants could be seen jogging past the camera...
via: TwitterAnd, while they came within close proximity to Caitlyn, they innocently waved and cheered as they jogged by.
But, there was one man set out to ruin the fun...
via: TwitterSeen approaching in the clip above, one jogger, who was donning a navy sweater with a red logo, felt that it was acceptable to violate Caitlyn while she was doing her job.
Because as he jogged past...
via: TwitterThe man swiftly slapped Caitlyn on her backside, before smirking and casually running on.
Caitlyn's reaction is simply heartbreaking.
via: TwitterThe sheer shock is evident on her face, as she trails off mid-sentence, clearly in disbelief at what had just happened.
Caitlyn attempts to compose herself...
via: Twitter“Woah! Not expecting that," she said with a nervous laugh, before continuing with her segment. But the reporter is visibly shaken up by what the man had just done to her, and stutters and stammers through the rest of her sentence.
Here is the incident in full...
Check out this jerk smacking a @WSAV reporter's ass live on air. And sorry, that's my kiddo making horribly timed w… https://t.co/1i36MWbPIw— Tonya (@Tonya)1575725583.0
After the news report was reshared to Twitter, the clip quickly went viral...And people instantly jumped to Caitlyn's defense, slamming the un-identified runner for his violating and degrading actions.
People were completely sickened by what they had witnessed...
@GrrrlZilla You know what makes it worse? You can see him running into frame in the middle of the crowd; he makes t… https://t.co/eaiVivPe2d— katie 🌼🌸 (@katie 🌼🌸)1575778729.0
And others had a more simple message...
DO NOT TOUCH REPORTERS. Period. https://t.co/HIC6Uxs0Im— Caitlyn Penter (@Caitlyn Penter)1575743059.0
But now, after initially remaining silent on the matter, Caitlyn has addressed the incident.
To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman sho… https://t.co/jhnEW3z8Dq— Alex Bozarjian (@Alex Bozarjian)1575741452.0
Her tweet quickly went viral...
@wsavalexb @K4L3IGH This is so disgusting. Somehow you pushed through and I commend you. This should have never hap… https://t.co/oNqI2qV8gV— Joyce Philippe (@Joyce Philippe)1575769117.0
Many people attempted to identify the man in question...The internet is just the best during times like these, isn't it?
Many were eager to name and shame the runner...
@wsavalexb This would appear to be the suspect at today’s Savannah Bridge Run. Anyone know him? https://t.co/53KwEGypv2— TerryMcSweeney (@TerryMcSweeney)1575773617.0
Miraculously, the Savannah Sports Council claim to have identified the perpetrator...
(3/4) Yesterday afternoon we identified him and shared his information with the reporter and her station.— SAV Sports Council (@SAV Sports Council)1575833869.0
And now the man has been arrested.The Savannah Police Department arrested a 43-year-old man, named as Thomas Calloway, who claimed he got caught up in the moment when he slapped the reporters butt.
Now he's caught up in court.
Thomas Calloway, the man accused of slapping a female reporter's backside while she was live on air covering a race… https://t.co/CgE6fBn8Gr— Everything Georgia (@Everything Georgia)1576428433.0
He has charges of sexual battery.
@GrrrlZilla @WSAV Here’s a pic of him from the race https://t.co/svQ8iZfWGE— Sage (@Sage)1575779083.0
The reporter is glad the incident is being taken seriously.
@GrrrlZilla @WSAV Best I could get off a screenshot. https://t.co/WDcaSd7jbp— LoneWolf (@LoneWolf)1575762864.0
Alex Bozarjian is glad that law enforcement is taking this matter seriously. She feels that a reporter should be able to do her job without being assaulted. If this case goes to trial, she will be a witness. For that reason, she will have no further comment until the case concludes, but she does hope that there will be a just result.