Madeline Anello-Kitzmiller is a twenty-year-old woman who was groped by a man at a New Zealand music festival. It was at the New Year’s Eve Rhythm and Vines festival in Gisborne, where the twenty-year-old was sexually assaulted. Approximately 20,000 people showed up to the event and even the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, made an appearance.
Madeline was wearing a sprinkling of glitter over her breasts when a man crept up behind her and groped her.
Madeline, along with her friend, followed the man and attacked him in retribution.
She went on Facebook to defend the way she dressed and address the entire situation. ‘My lack of clothing is not the problem, the problem is people thinking they have the right to touch my body without consent. My breasts are not sex toys, they are not an invitation.’
She was with her friend, Kiri-Ann Hatfield when a man was filmed creeping up behind her and swiftly grabbing her breast.
The video, which was captured by an onlooker named Giann Reece, shows the two girls following the man back to his group of friends and pouring a drink on his face before repeatedly punching him.
The American-born woman said: ‘the problem is not the clothing, stop victim blaming. Comments stating that I was asking for it … are promoting rape culture.’
Despite the attack, Madeline vows to bring the ‘glitter t**s’ back. In an interview with Daily Mail Australia, the twenty year old said: ‘I stand by my actions and hope that I’ve inspired women to feel comfortable in their bodies, no matter how they look, and to stick up for themselves when anybody says otherwise or tries to deny you the right to protect your own body.’
‘I personally love getting naked, the glitter t**s will be coming back. He grabbed my breast. I hit him. There was a lot of built up anger coming from harassment throughout the day. This happens everywhere, not just New Zealand.’
The event manager of Rhythm and Vines, Dan Turner, said that he was ‘incredibly disappointed’ by the ‘harassment.’
During an interview with New Zealand Herald, he said: ‘we are incredibly aware of the issues that arise at music events, particularly in large crowds. We want our customers to enjoy themselves in a safe environment and be able to express themselves in a way that is in keeping with other international European festivals.’