Reporter Who Responded Perfectly to Man Slapping Her Butt on Live TV Considers Pressing Charges | 22 Words

A WSAV TV reporter has slammed the man who publically assaulted and degraded her on live television when she was covering the Savannah Bridge Run in Georgia over the weekend.

After initially remaining quiet on the matter, she finally spoke out - and her response was perfect - and now she's revealed how she's going to tackle the issue. Keep scrolling to see the disgusting footage, and to hear what she's had to say on the matter...

Sexual assault is still commonplace in our country...

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And it's not okay.

We live a society where women are supposedly "liberated"...

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Yet, every day, there are new instances arising that demonstrate just how vulnerable women still are.

Every day, women are assaulted here in the States...

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And 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.

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The Georgia-born journalist was covering the annual Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run in Savannah, Georgia.

Things were going well...

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And the coverage of the run was well and truly underway.

Alex was positioned along the bridge where the run was taking place...

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Where she commentated on the progress of the event with her back to the on-coming runners.

Participants could be seen jogging past the camera...

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And, while they came within close proximity to Alex, they innocently waved and cheered as they jogged by.

But, there was one man set out to ruin the fun...

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Seen approaching in the clip above, one jogger, who was donning a navy sweater with a red logo, felt that it was acceptable to violate Alex while she was doing her job.

Because as he jogged past...

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The man swiftly slapped Alex on her backside, before smirking and casually running on.

Alex's reaction is simply heartbreaking.

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The sheer shock is evident on her face, as she trails off mid-sentence, clearly in disbelief at what had just happened.

Alex attempts to compose herself...

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“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...

It's simply sickening that some men still behave this way, isn't it?

After the news report was reshared to Twitter, the clip quickly went viral...

And people instantly jumped to Alex's defense, slamming the un-identified runner for his violating and degrading actions.

People were completely sickened by what they had witnessed...

And by the man's blatant efforts to deliberately target Alex as he ran past.

And others had a more simple message...

Don't touch reporters without their consent. Or anyone, for that matter. It's really quite simple, guys.

But now, after initially remaining silent on the matter, Alex has addressed the incident.

Taking to Twitter, the news reporter wrote: "To the man who smacked my butt on live TV this morning: You violated, objectified, and embarrassed me. No woman should EVER have to put up with this at work or anywhere!! Do better."

Her tweet quickly went viral...

And has since racked up more than 634,000 likes and 171,000 retweets, with thousands of people applauding Alex for her civil and dignified response, while condemning the actions of the runner.

Many people have 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...

And Twitter users came together to help identify the man in question.

Miraculously, the Savannah Sports Council confirmed the perpetrator had been identified ...

They wrote on their Twitter account: "Yesterday at the Enmarket Savannah Bridge Run a reporter from WSAV was inappropriately touched by a registered participant of the event. Our title sponsor, Enmarket and the Savannah Sports Council take this matter extremely seriously and fully condemn this individual’s actions." They then announced that they had formally identified the man, and had shared his details with the news station. Karma's a b*tch, isn't it?

Props to the Twitter police.

Savvy Twitter users worked tirelessly looking through footage of the race to get a clear picture of the man that assaulted Alex.

People discussed all kinds of ways to make him pay.

There were plenty of creative ideas coming from the Twitter community...

Some people wanted Alex to get the cops involved.

For those that became part of the thread, getting justice was imperative. People wanted to see this guy pay and they wanted Alex to make an example of him.

Not everyone wanted to see the man get in trouble...

There were some people on the thread that felt the whole thing had been blown out of proportion and felt the man's life was getting ruined for no good reason.

It was clear Alex had some decisions to make...

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Since the story went viral, lots of major television networks contacted Alex to go on their shows. Alex decided to sit down with CBS This Morning to tell her side.

Alex told it how it was.

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This woman wasn't about to let the perpetrator get away with his actions without first facing her wrath.

"What’s most important here is that he took my power, and I’m trying to take that back."

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The man, Tommy Callaway, has got himself a lawyer, and the said lawyer provided a statement for the show which read: "He did not act with any criminal intentions, and Tommy [the accused] is a loving husband and father and we do not expect any criminal charges." Alex was then asked if she did intend to press charges, to which she responded, "What’s most important here is that he took my power, and I’m trying to take that back. Whether I am open to it or not, I want to take my time with that. I think what it comes down to is that he helped himself to a part of my body."

Watch a clip from the interview here:

Frankly, I think Alex Bozarjian has handled this situation with strength and dignity and is an inspiration to women everywhere. Women should never have to put up with this behavior but sadly across the world, incidents like this one are all too common. Continue scrolling to read about the T.V reporter who was subjected to sexist abuse by a bigotted soccer fan...