A woman who was punched in the face by a man who she asked to stop groping her, has become an internet sensation after she used her Facebook page to show a before and after selfie, demonstrating the violent injuries she received.

Mary Brandon's before and after selfie shows her horrific injuries

Mary Brandon’s before and after selfie shows her horrific injuries

Mary Brandon was attending the annual Notting Hill Carnival on Bank Holiday Monday. Describing what happened on her Facebook page, Ms Brandon said: “A man in the crowd grabbed my arse. When I told him not to he did it again. I pushed him away, exercising my right to tell a man to stop touching my body without my permission, so he took a swing at me and punched me in the face.”

Following the violent assault, Ms Brandon spent nine hours in hospital, in stark contrast to the feel-good celebrations, which, Mary said is “supposed to be about community and good vibes.”

Ms Brandon said she took the decision to share the photo to expose the sort of thing that can happen and “get the word out that this isn’t OK.” Since she uploaded her photograph yesterday, it has already been shared over 5,000 times.

Despite some of her friends advising her that in a similar situation it might be “best not to do anything at all,” Mary Brandon vehemently disagrees:

“I can honestly say I will always stand up to someone who thinks they can get away with this behaviour. I’d take a punch again from this loser or any other loser who thinks it’s OK to treat women like this.” The police are now investigating the alleged assault.