Student's 'selfie' sends a defiant message to her attacker

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NURSING a swollen face after being battered by a man at a nightclub, Jeanne Marie Ryan has copied the online charity trend for posting ‘selfie’ images without make-up to make a stand against violence.

The 29-year-old Oxford University student was punched in the face up to seven times after rejecting a man who had sexually assaulted her in an Oxford, nightclub on Friday night.

She was left with a broken nose and fractured cheekbone but decided to follow in the steps of celebrities and ordinary women who for the past week have been posting pictures of themselves without make-up under the hashtag #nomakeupselfie to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Last night the Just Giving page Miss Ryan set up had raised more than £3,300 from 480 donations for the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis centre and she was being hailed online for being an inspiration. The DPhil student in Education at St Edmund Hall said she was punched seven times and assaulted at 2am on Saturday after a man groped her on the dancefloor at the Plush Lounge in Park End Street.

She said: “I was really, really mad.

“I thought I just needed to do something about this.

“My friends know that I would not let something like this happen without saying something.

“I wanted to help women who go through this sort of thing. I get very angry with guys like this.”

On her Just Giving page, she added: “I am sorry cancer research, but my #nomakeupselfie is for a different cause. I’m trying to channel my rage into something constructive, so I’m raising money for the Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre.

Recalling the attack, she said: “I told him off, saying it is not okay to touch a woman like that.

“I honestly think that he did it to start something. He was telling me to smile, but he didn’t get his way with me.

“He was expecting me to back down and cry and when I didn’t, he just got more and more angry.”

The student was then punched outside the club, causing her to trip down some steps.

She said: “I was hoping that someone would pull him off of me. But when I stood back up, he hit me another four or five times.

“I think he knew what he was doing and really wanted to break everything. He was about to punch me in the nose, when he said ‘I’m going to f*** you up.’ And then he broke my nose.”

Her attacker is described as being about 5ft 7in tall with olive skin and dark hair.

Designated investigator Nhlalo Skosana from Oxford CID said: “This incident took place in the dancefloor and so people would have seen the female being attacked.

“We are doing everything to catch this offender and so I urge anyone with information to contact us immediately.”

A spokeswoman from Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre said: “OSARCC supports any woman or girl from across Oxfordshire who has experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in her life, including sexual assault, abuse and rape. We work with over 350 women and girls every year and also support the friends, family and professional supporters of survivors.”

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10:03am Tue 25 Mar 14

Madi50n says...

Sounds like Plush Lounge is the kind of place women should avoid like the plague until the people that own it make it a safe place for them to go.
Sounds like Plush Lounge is the kind of place women should avoid like the plague until the people that own it make it a safe place for them to go. Madi50n
  • Score: 21

10:53am Tue 25 Mar 14

Kidlington Dave says...

It shouldn't ever be a case of women having to avoid certain places, but men respecting women at all times in any place they choose to visit. Then again, the scumbag who did this isn't fit to call himself a proper man.
It shouldn't ever be a case of women having to avoid certain places, but men respecting women at all times in any place they choose to visit. Then again, the scumbag who did this isn't fit to call himself a proper man. Kidlington Dave
  • Score: 37

10:55am Tue 25 Mar 14

darthberne says...

This is horrible. And great stuff that she turned it into awareness campaign. And btw, note to editor - the #nomakeupselfie isn't to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
This is horrible. And great stuff that she turned it into awareness campaign. And btw, note to editor - the #nomakeupselfie isn't to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. darthberne
  • Score: 7

11:04am Tue 25 Mar 14

Madi50n says...

I completely agree with you Kidlington Dave, but we have to face reality that there are scumbags out there and no amount of "should/shouldn't" will change that.

Women should be safe wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Places like the Plush Lounge whose business is based on people drinking and enjoying themselves and the issues surrounding that, (drunkenness, lowered inhibitions, greater potential for aggressive behaviour) have a duty to protect their clients, women and men, at all times.

If I were a woman, until the Plush Lounge could prove it was doing everything it could to ensure I was safe on its premises, I wouldn't step foot in the place.
I completely agree with you Kidlington Dave, but we have to face reality that there are scumbags out there and no amount of "should/shouldn't" will change that. Women should be safe wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Places like the Plush Lounge whose business is based on people drinking and enjoying themselves and the issues surrounding that, (drunkenness, lowered inhibitions, greater potential for aggressive behaviour) have a duty to protect their clients, women and men, at all times. If I were a woman, until the Plush Lounge could prove it was doing everything it could to ensure I was safe on its premises, I wouldn't step foot in the place. Madi50n
  • Score: 9

12:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

robbo81 says...

I believe the Plush Lounge is predominantly a gay, lesbian and trans friendly club. From straight friends I know that visit, it's usually to avoid the advances of sleazy men and just to enjoy themselves. Pretty sad this has happened. It also sets back an openness between the straight and gay community. Normally gay friendly bars and clubs are a little dubious of straight visitors (in my experience) as they're wary of aggression like this. I hope it doesn't put visitors off or cause a set back between people of different orientations from socialising together. It's a cowardly and heinous crime.

I'm sure the Plush lounge does do everything to protect it's visitors safety and well being. Sometimes life just throws up idiots who spoil things for everyone else. You just can't account for everyones behaviour.
I believe the Plush Lounge is predominantly a gay, lesbian and trans friendly club. From straight friends I know that visit, it's usually to avoid the advances of sleazy men and just to enjoy themselves. Pretty sad this has happened. It also sets back an openness between the straight and gay community. Normally gay friendly bars and clubs are a little dubious of straight visitors (in my experience) as they're wary of aggression like this. I hope it doesn't put visitors off or cause a set back between people of different orientations from socialising together. It's a cowardly and heinous crime. I'm sure the Plush lounge does do everything to protect it's visitors safety and well being. Sometimes life just throws up idiots who spoil things for everyone else. You just can't account for everyones behaviour. robbo81
  • Score: -1

4:14pm Tue 25 Mar 14

M1keez says...

What a W....r ! Please when you get him give him 5 minutes with me .
What a W....r ! Please when you get him give him 5 minutes with me . M1keez
  • Score: 3

4:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

dant40 says...

What was the door staff doing at the time to let someone walk out who punched a woman many times.
What was the door staff doing at the time to let someone walk out who punched a woman many times. dant40
  • Score: 13

5:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Oxford born says...

Brave lady, I have so much respect for you
Brave lady, I have so much respect for you Oxford born
  • Score: 4

9:06pm Tue 25 Mar 14

H.J.Harris says...

darthberne wrote:
This is horrible. And great stuff that she turned it into awareness campaign. And btw, note to editor - the #nomakeupselfie isn't to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
#nomakeupselfie is raising money for Cancer Research and was the inspiration for Miss Ryan posting her picture to raise money for Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre.
[quote][p][bold]darthberne[/bold] wrote: This is horrible. And great stuff that she turned it into awareness campaign. And btw, note to editor - the #nomakeupselfie isn't to raise funds for Cancer Research UK.[/p][/quote]#nomakeupselfie is raising money for Cancer Research and was the inspiration for Miss Ryan posting her picture to raise money for Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre. H.J.Harris
  • Score: 0

9:48pm Tue 25 Mar 14

bicesterlady says...

Much respect to her for making this point.

Somewhat takes the power back from the inadequate that attacked her.
Much respect to her for making this point. Somewhat takes the power back from the inadequate that attacked her. bicesterlady
  • Score: 6

11:59am Wed 26 Mar 14

GRB says...

I wonder if this little rat would dare take on a man as big as him? I very much doubt it! Hope the coward gets caught!
I wonder if this little rat would dare take on a man as big as him? I very much doubt it! Hope the coward gets caught! GRB
  • Score: 3

11:59am Wed 26 Mar 14

LouiseOxford says...

Madi50n wrote:
I completely agree with you Kidlington Dave, but we have to face reality that there are scumbags out there and no amount of "should/shouldn
't" will change that.

Women should be safe wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Places like the Plush Lounge whose business is based on people drinking and enjoying themselves and the issues surrounding that, (drunkenness, lowered inhibitions, greater potential for aggressive behaviour) have a duty to protect their clients, women and men, at all times.

If I were a woman, until the Plush Lounge could prove it was doing everything it could to ensure I was safe on its premises, I wouldn't step foot in the place.
I have rarely been out to a club/bar and not been groped or manhandled when dancing, or standing at the bar to be served. This is not a one-off, and is CERTAINLY not a reflection on this bar in particular. This is why it is so prevalent, because if you stand up for yourself you never know what the response might be, so they can just carry on doing it because they can get away with it and nobody stops them.

Wholeheartedly agree with Kidlington Dave.
[quote][p][bold]Madi50n[/bold] wrote: I completely agree with you Kidlington Dave, but we have to face reality that there are scumbags out there and no amount of "should/shouldn 't" will change that. Women should be safe wherever they are and whatever they are doing. Places like the Plush Lounge whose business is based on people drinking and enjoying themselves and the issues surrounding that, (drunkenness, lowered inhibitions, greater potential for aggressive behaviour) have a duty to protect their clients, women and men, at all times. If I were a woman, until the Plush Lounge could prove it was doing everything it could to ensure I was safe on its premises, I wouldn't step foot in the place.[/p][/quote]I have rarely been out to a club/bar and not been groped or manhandled when dancing, or standing at the bar to be served. This is not a one-off, and is CERTAINLY not a reflection on this bar in particular. This is why it is so prevalent, because if you stand up for yourself you never know what the response might be, so they can just carry on doing it because they can get away with it and nobody stops them. Wholeheartedly agree with Kidlington Dave. LouiseOxford
  • Score: 6

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