Amanda Nguyen, the sexual assault survivor who drafted the “Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights,” took to Twitter to reveal that she was recently threatened by two men during a Delta flight.
In a tweet, the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize nominee wrote that two men threatened her to give up her assigned seating.
Wrote handwritten letter to flight attendants to explain my heartbreak at how unwelcome I feel being threatened 2 leave my seat. Still in air. 4 safety I asked them to not address the men until we land. I am the only person of color in my plane section. Reminded I don’t belong.
— Amanda 🚀 (@nguyen_amanda) February 21, 2019
According to Nguyen, she was forced to switch seats because she felt “unsafe.”
“I will turn on the light the entire flight, make noise the entire flight. I will climb all over you,” one of the men allegedly told her.
After the incident, she wrote a letter to the flight attendants to report on her fear and concerns. She also expressed her displeasure towards the flight attendants who did not intervene.
In response to her note, the attendants asked her to go to the front of the plane and point out the men who harassed her. They also assisted her in filing a formal harassment complaint.
“I’m really glad I wrote something. Thank you to my friend who encouraged me,” she further tweeted.
Delta later tweeted a response indicating that the incident was being reviewed.
You shouldn’t be made to feel this way while traveling. I regret hearing that our crew member wasn’t attentive when you brought this to their attention. I will share details with our inflight management team for internal review of how things were handled. ^HDR
— Delta (@Delta) February 20, 2019
Aside from authoring the Sexual Assault Survivors Bill of Rights, Nguyen also founded Rise, a national civil rights nonprofit group that helps make rights for rape survivors consistent across American state and country lines.
According to a press statement issued by Rise, Nguyen was nominated by California representatives Mimi Walters and Zoe Lofgren to celebrate her “unprecedented efforts in bringing equal protection under the law and basic human rights to all survivors of sexual assault, regardless of geography.”
Nguyen also received a Young Women’s Honors Award by Marie Claire magazine and was named on Foreign Policy magazine’s list of the leading global thinkers in 2016 in recognition of her efforts.
NextShark has reached out to Delta Airlines for comment and will update this post accordingly.
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