Newquay nightclub bouncer suspended after woman speaks out over sexual harassment

3 Aug, 2018

Newquay nightclub bouncer suspended after woman speaks out over sexual harassment

A Newquay bouncer accused of sexually harassing a young woman after commenting on her breasts has been suspended.

Emily White, 19, said she was on a night out in the resort last month when a doorman inside the Sailors club made sexual comments about her body in front of his friends.

After Miss White threatened to report him for sexual harassment, he told her: “I’m a bouncer, I can do what I want”.

The club said it took immediate action after receiving a complaint, and suspended the bouncer pending an investigation.

Miss White, from St Austell, said the incident happened outside the toilets in the club and began with a wolf-whistle.

“After that I told him to do one,” she said, “but then he started making sexual comments about my appearance and derogatory comments about my chest, so I had a go at him and told him this wasn’t okay.

“He was surrounded by a group of men who weren’t bouncers but I guess his mates, and he was continuing the altercation to make them laugh and make a joke out of me, which was the most intimidating thing.”

Miss White says that after leaving the scene, the group called after the women to try and antagonise them further.

“We said to them how inappropriate it was. I said how what he did was not alright, and he said ‘I’m a bouncer I can do what I want’.

“Then I said I’d report him, and he said ‘They won’t do anything’, so I went to take a photo of his ID on his arm and he moved his arm in order for me to take a better photograph.”

In the days after the incident, Miss White took to Twitter to air her frustrations about what had happened.

The tweet has been shared more than 8,000 times and liked by more than 93,000 users.

Miss White said she has been overwhelmed by the support she has received, but can’t understand why some men continue to believe such incidents of harassment are acceptable.

“I think it’s disgusting that some men have this attitude,” she said. “A lot of the men who do this have no idea what it’s like to have your day to day existence sexualised and how upsetting it can be to be thought of in that way.

“Plus, I’ve never understood the purpose. I don’t think any woman has been beeped at by a man in a van or had a sexual comment shouted at them across the street and become interested.”

Miss White is also urging anyone who has gone through similar experiences to report them.

“People should also be careful and put their safety first,” she said. “I think due to social media and stories such as this one, more and more girls and guys feel they can speak out about things that have happened to them.

“I don’t necessarily know if attitudes are changing, although it’s a small proportion of guys that illustrate this behaviour, but I think people are becoming more aware of how the majority of people feel that it’s unacceptable to do these things.”

A spokesperson for Sailors said: “Upon hearing of these allegations, an immediate investigation was launched in collaboration with the agency which employs our door staff.

“Until it is complete, the individual in question will not be employed at our door.”

Source – Cornwall Live

 

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