‘On the weekend, I had a stranger feel he had the right to put his hand up my dress…’

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On Saturday night, Kimberly Ferguson was working as an MC at a fundraiser event on the Sunshine Coast, when she was indecently assaulted by a complete stranger.

“This guy had been dancing drunkenly all night and he was sitting down. I bent over and he grabbed me from behind, between my legs and touched my underwear,” she told 9Honey.

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Ferguson is encouraging others to come forward after she was indecently assaulted over the weekend. Image via Facebook.

"He put his hand up my dress and grabbed my vagina essentially."

A bouncer threw the man out of the venue, where two young male police officers were driving past. The man was arrested and Ferguson gave a statement.

He has now been charged with indecent assault.

Despite sharing that she was "110 per cent OK" following the assault, the incident prompted Ferguson to encourage other women to stand up to men who act inappropriately towards them.

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Ferguson with her boyfriend, who was with her on the night. Image via Facebook.

In an impassioned Facebook post, the 29-year-old Gold Coast woman wrote: "the action of touching or even verbally commenting on ANY woman or ANYONE is NOT OK."

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"This man, this self-righteous arsehole, triggered a chain of events and essentially put a stop to the awesome night we were having," she wrote.

"A night cut short, I drove 4 of my girlfriends home and we started a discussion," she added. "Each and every one of us, this year, even as recently as this month, have had individuals feel it their right to touch us.

"And in some cases in a lot more violent and aggressive ways [than] what I experienced.

"Four women in their 20s, all in the past 30 days sexually objectified. WTF?! This is NOT OK. This is actually f***ed up."

Kimberly noted that despite telling herself in the past that she was "overreacting" when something someone said or did something that made her feel uncomfortable, it's time women learned that it is always right to stand up for yourself.

"It is NEVER an overreaction to protect yourself, to stand up for yourself, to defend yourself from someone else’s objectification of your being. Never. EVER," she wrote.

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Ferguson shared her story on Facebook.

"This is not the first time that something like this has happened, nor will it be the last.

"This post...will be the first time that I have said something publicly...I have said no.

"As a community, we need to say NO THIS IS NOT OK. This is where more serious abuse, violence, exploitation stems from.

"By allowing, we are encouraging. By not saying anything we are empowering. It has been time to stand up for as long as I can remember but this time, this was one grab too many for my 29 years.

"I'm standing up. THIS IS NOT OK."

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 RESPECT.

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