With the SUV so close that she barely had room to move, Glain shouted at the driver, confronting him about what he had done.
But behind the wheel, the 33-year-old said, was a high-ranking presidential security official. Insults were exchanged. He lashed out, she said, beating her with his hand and feet. “I was very afraid and surprised,” Glain told Refinery29. “[I was] just asking a simple question, and the next thing [I was] getting slapped in the face, kicked.” Soon, Glain was on the ground, blood gushing from a deep gash on her head. Someone from the car had hit her with a glass bottle.
…social media’s making sure people don’t get away with it. Or they don’t get away with it the way that they used to.
Genoway, a Liberian activist who is now pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Arkansas’ Clinton School of Public Service, is continuing to use social media to campaign for justice on behalf of her friend, amid concerns that George may escape prosecution.
The success of her initial effort, which attracted the attention of journalists including Ashoka Mukpo, the cameraman who made international headlines when he survived Ebola last year, has inspired Genoway to create an online group dedicated to publicizing and prosecuting assaults. She now hopes her friend’s experience will mark a turning point in the treatment of crimes against women in Liberia.
For Glain, the trauma has not yet subsided. She lost a lot of blood in the alleged assault and has been told that the cut from the bottle will leave a scar on her face. She is now recovering in an undisclosed location far from her home, amid fears of backlash against her entire family.
“For now, I’m really, really afraid,” she said. “I’m living in fear right now.”