Only one man intervened when 18-year-old Noor Fadel was allegedly attacked on the SkyTrain in Vancouver last Monday night.
Following the incident, Fadel posted about it on Facebook. She said the racist assault began from the moment she sat down.
"This man got up and started to swear at me calling me a whore and a slut telling me he will kill me and all Muslims," she wrote.
The man then attempted to grab Fadel’s head and shove it to his crotch, she said.
Then, he hit her across the face.
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"And everyone watched as he did so. Everyone stayed seated and did not utter a word but one man. One guy just like me on his way home from work got up and pushed the guy away and stayed in front of me until the man got off at Vancouver city centre," she wrote.
That guy was Jake Taylor, whose seemingly-small act of heroism now serves as a reminder to Canadians that it’s important to stand up for all people in Canada.
"I went over and I gave him a shove, told him to get the F out of here," Taylor told Global News. "Any one of my friends would have done the exact same thing."
Taylor stayed with Fadel as she reported the incident afterwards.
"He’s my hero," Fadel said at a news conference on Wednesday.
Fadel’s Facebook post has been shared over 7,700 times, with many comments condemning the act of racism witnessed on the train. Canadians are calling on each other to stand up for one another.
The man who allegedly attacked Fadel has been identified as Pierre Belzan and he has been arrested and charged with one count of threatening to cause death or bodily harm and one count of assault, according to Vancouver's Transit Police. A sexual assault charge, recommended by Transit Police, is pending.
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