After having her butt grabbed by a customer, a Georgia waitress tackled the guy and has become an internet hero.
GA waitress Emelia Holden is seen on camera being sexually violated by 31 yr old Ryan Cherwinksi. Holden slammed him into a chair She told said “I just did what I felt was best, I took the guy down and had my co-workers call the police.”
Cherwinksi was charged w/ sexual battery. pic.twitter.com/szGx25zgXr
— Atlanta Black Star (@ATLBlackStar) July 19, 2018
Emelia Holden works at Vinnie VanGoGo’s Pizzeria in Savannah, Georgia. The restaurant’s CCTV footage perfectly captures this guy grabbing her butt as he walks by, and seemingly shocked by her reaction.
The video of her being groped went viral after it was posted to the r/justiceserved subreddit by her cousin.
Emilia later said: “I just did what I felt was best, I took the guy down and had my co-workers call the police.”
Yeah, this guy did not get off with just a toss to the ground. 31-year-old Ryan Cherwinski was arrested and charged with sexual battery, and released two days after the incident on $2,500 bond.
Cherwinski was actually at the restaurant with his girlfriend of over 11 years and their twin daughters. If convicted of sexual battery, he faces a $5,000 fine and up to 12 months in prison. Cherwinski has no prior sexual assault crimes on his record, though he was arrested in Florida in 2016 on a DUI charge.
Emelia told People Magazine: ‘“The guy claimed that he was just trying to push me out of the way and, ‘Oh, I barely touched you.’ Once the police saw the video, they immediately arrested him. There was no doubt that he did it.”
And people online absolutely love how she took action after being harassed.
Ok so can we get Emelia Holden cast in GOTHAM CITY SIRENS or what? https://t.co/wATxaS0WHP
— 😻 Just Kim 😻 (@kimfaul) July 20, 2018
A few observations on #EmeliaHolden 1. She's awesome. 2. He looks pretty experienced at that move. 3. Cameras everywhere + fed up women = takedowns + jail. That is all.
— Tracey Parsons (@tparsons) July 20, 2018
Emelia says she’s fortunate to work in a restaurant with such supportive management, where the owner told her “That was awesome” instead of “oh, well he’s the customer.”
She hopes the viral video will encourage other women to stand up for themselves if they’re harassed or assaulted. Emelia recognizes that she’s now famous because of this incident, and she’s trying to put that new-found notoriety to good use.
She’s started a GoFundMe page called “Cash For Cats” with all donations going to the Palmetto Animal League, a non-profit, no-kill animal rescue organization.
As of this recording, she’s already raised nearly $9,000.
What do you guys think? Is Emelia Holden your new feminist hero? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.