Women empowering women is a message that we can all get behind.
And sometimes, we gals have to take it one step further. That’s why a TikTok user called @PikaNab is being hailed as a hero.
In early March, the 21-year-old from New York City was heading to her car late at night when she spotted something across the street that seemed off.
So she began filming, asking the camera if she should go help this girl, who looked very uncomfortable.
Finally, she decided to step in.
Okay, I’m from New York, I’m going to go.
Girls supporting girls!
She sounded a little breathless as she made the decision and headed across the street to the girl who appeared to be trapped in conversation with a man in all black clothes and a black face mask.
Her nerves showed in the high pitched way she greeted the other girl, but then PikaNab really took control of the situation.
Watch what happened:
“Hey girl! Girl I was waiting for you in the car… Who’s this?”
[a male voice can be heard answering] “I dunno I’m just talking to her.”
“Talking to her about what?”
[male voice again] “Nothing, just like… asking if her toes are long.”
Excuse me, what?
PikaNab couldn’t help but laugh at this bizarre excuse, but she continued to engage with the girl.
“Well, ah, we gotta go… Do I know him though?”
[timid female voice] “Ummm… no…”
“I don’t think I’m going to get to know him, let’s go. Bye!”
With that, PikaNab grabbed the other girl’s arm and started to run back towards her car.
“Let’s go. Do you need a ride?”
[timid female voice] “Yes, please.”
“Ok, let’s go.”
The video, which has been viewed over 45 million times in just a month, immediately went viral.
Most viewers were effusive with their praise for PikaNab, thanking her for stepping in to help.
Some, however, were skeptical and accused PikaNab of faking the video.
In response, she posted a follow-up the next day, telling viewers:
I don’t give a flying fadoodlecake if you think that the video was fake. It doesn’t matter. This is something that really does happen, I’m telling you it’s not fake, but you’re not going to believe me. And here’s some proof that I have literally been harassed.
And commenters chimed in to agree:
Watch the whole response here:
Reply to @pikanab I’m just trying to spread awareness and positivity. She is safe I am safe.Girls supporting girls yall?More updates on Twitch.
I think it’s safe to say, all women have been in similar situations where they felt uncomfortable.
Not all women have been lucky enough to have a stranger step in and help them.
This story made me feel a little more hopeful about the world. What about you? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments.