Woman is bullied and harassed after removing her top to sunbathe at the beach after taking a swim
- A woman has claimed she was harassed after sunbathing topless at a beach
- The alleged incident happened about 5pm Thursday at an Auckland beach
- She alleges two women from a group of 20 yelled abuse and threw sand at her
A sunbather has claimed she was harassed by a group of up to 20 people after she removed her top at a public beach.
The woman in her 50s who did not want to be named, said she was ‘terrified’ after a wave of abuse was hurled at her from other beachgoers.
The incident in which the two woman allegedly shouted at her, flicked and kicked sand at her, and took her photograph unfolded at about 5pm on Thursday.
A sunbather has claimed she was harassed by a group of up to 20 people after she removed her top at a public beach (stock image)
The woman says she regularly goes for an afternoon swim but this was the first time in a while that she had gone to Point Chevalier Beach in Auckland, New Zealand.
The woman claims that after taking a swim, she removed her top to sunbake and put a top over her face to shield her eyes.
After a while she heard voices calling out ‘excuse me, there are children here’ which she thought was directed at other beachgoers.
She says she then felt a towel being thrown on her chest after which two women began abusing her and kicking and throwing sand at her.
The woman then realised there was about another 20 people backing up the women further down the beach.
‘The older woman had this phone and was shoving it in my face,’ the woman told The New Zealand Herald.
She says a younger woman in her teens with the older woman was swearing at her repeatedly.
At this point the woman said she became scared and left the beach.
The woman says she regularly goes for an afternoon swim but this was the first time in a while that she had gone to Point Chevalier Beach in Auckland (pictured)
‘Don’t you report this to police because I’ve got your picture,’ the woman with the phone yelled after her.
The woman took this to be a threat that she would post the pictures to social media.
She then phoned police to report the incident.
Police said there are no specific laws against woman being topless in public in the area though in specific cases laws for indecent exposure could apply.
It is understood no one has yet been charged over the alleged harassment.