A female reporter covering the FIFA World Cup in Russia was sexually assaulted while she was live on air.
The reporter Julieth González Therán from German broadcaster Deutsche Welle’s Spanish news channel has later posted a video of the incident on her official Instagram account. The brave journalist, who did not interrupt the live reporting in spite of the incident, had with her video post on Instagram requested for more female journalists.
“I had been at the scene for two hours to prepare for the broadcast and there had been no interruptions,” she told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. “When we went live, this fan took advantage of the situation. But afterwards, when I checked to see if he was still there, he was gone.”
“We do not deserve this treatment. We are equally as professional and deserving. I share the joy of football but we must identify the limits between affection and harassment,” she wrote on her Instagram post.
The man who harassed González Therán has yet to be identified.
She was reporting from the city of Saransk. The Colombian reporter was talking on camera at the time of the incident.
Bibiana Steinhaus, Germany’s first female referee in the Bundesliga, quickly joined Theran to condemn the man’s actions and blamed the “macho-dominated sports culture,” according to Deutsche Welle.
Gonzalez Theran isn’t just there to “bring some color to the picture,” she said, but to “talk about systems and strategy” on the field, too. “I feel for her, because this type of attack has happened several times in the past,” Steinhaus told Deutsche Welle. “Don’t kid yourself that similar misogynist things do not happen.”