In December 2019, news reporter Alex Bozarjian was covering a race in Savannah, Georgia, when one of the participants left her absolutely stunned.
Right in the middle of her live broadcast, runner Thomas Callaway came up from behind her and quickly slapped her on the backside with a grin on his face as he passed by.
Alex stood there, visibly alarmed and vulnerable, for a brief second, completely frozen in shock.
Later that day, Alex directly targeted the man on social media before he was identified: “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.”
Video showing the incident went viral on Twitter with 10 million views, giving Alex the opportunity to share her story and explain how the unwarranted touch made her feel.
“He took my power, and I’m trying to take that back,” she told CBS. “I think what it really comes down to is that he helped himself to a part of my body. Nobody has the right to touch anybody or slap anybody for their own amusement.”
Alex filed a police report and said Thomas attempted to apologize to her on multiple occasions.
Now that he has pleaded guilty to a sexual battery charge, she has publicly forgiven him — and proclaimed she had gotten her power back.
See the live TV moment that sparked her redemption in the clip below.
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