Honk if I’m a scumbag. How to get even with that ‘special man’ in your life…
Alisha Hessler, a 20 year old woman who went on to be battered by Gabriel Urena after refusing his sexual advances has come up with an
ingenuous method to met out punishment.
Rather than going on to press charges, the Tampa, Florida woman came up with a deal that she would waive seeking prosecution if the man stood by a roadside holding a sign which read the following:
‘I beat women. Honk if I’m a scumbag.’
Not to be undone, Alisha Hessler mandated that the man must also don a dunce’s hat.
Told the woman: ‘I think it will teach him a lesson. I think he’ll think twice about doing it again.’
Shit first came undone when Urena was invited to join Hessler and her girlfriends for a night of party hopping after the group randomly ran into Urena.
But things got out of hand when Urena started groping the 20 year old in the back seat of a car.
At the time, Hessler told the man to stop but rather than heeding her warnings, the man continued. Which is when Hessler struck Urena.
Told Hessler: ‘I did hit him first and then all of a sudden that’s when he started beating me repeatedly, punching me until I had a broken nose and concussion.’
A picture taken after the beating showed blood running out of Hessler’s nose, with red marks all over her face.
The following morning, Hessler filed a report with the Tampa police who recorded her side of the story and took her to the hospital for treatment.
Told Tampa Police spokeswoman Janelle McGregor: ‘We responded to her home. She did have visible injuries. The officer initiated a report for battery, and rescue personnel transported her to a local hospital.’
Yet after reading a posting that Urena would end up to post on his Facebook wall page, the young woman had a change of heart.
Told the posting: ‘Lastnight (sic) was a wake-up call. I seriously need change.’
Instead of seeking to pursue a legal case against her attacker, Hessler came up with an alternative plan. Urena would be obliged to sit outside a busy intersection for eight hours holding up a sign that says ‘I beat women’
Avoiding legal ramifications, Urena took her up on that offer.
Hessler has since gone on to tell that she thinks the punishment was more appropriate to Urena’s crime, and that she didn’t want him to go to jail for a year. Urena has previous incidents of physical abuse against women recorded against him.
Nevertheless whilst Hessler thinks she got justice for the beating, women’s advocates and local police don’t agree.
Mindy Murphy, an advocate for battered women said the punishment trivializes a serious issue.
Tampa police say Hessler shouldn’t have taken the law into her own hands. They have tried several times to get in contact with Hessler, but she has not returned any of the calls – per her agreement with Urena.
Others on the web have gone on to wonder if Hessler went too far in getting her special brand of justice, in essence publicly humiliating the man, ensuring his bad acts are widely publicized, forever indexed on google and in essence has acted just as violently if not more violently than her aggressor.