Canadians Rally To Thank Vancouverite Who Saved Woman From Assault

Isabelle Khoo

A Vancouver man who stepped up to save a teen Muslim girl from assault last week is being hailed a hero. Now Canadians everywhere are thanking the 21-year-old using the hashtag #ThankYouJake.

Noor Fadel, 18, was riding the SkyTrain home to Richmond, B.C. around 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 when she found herself a victim of assault. According to Global News, a man began spewing racist remarks at her on the train and allegedly said he would "kill all Muslims."

No one intervened, not even when the man hit Fadel, attempted to remove her hijab, and tried to force her head toward his crotch.

That's when Jake Taylor stepped in.

"Before I could even get there, he smacked her right in the head, right across the face or whatever," Taylor told CTV News. "I went over and gave him a shove and told him to 'get the 'F' out of here."

The attacker, later identified as 46-year-old Pierre Belzan, got off at the next stop. He has now been charged with assault, and police have recommended a charge of sexual assault as well, CBC reports.

To thank Taylor for being the only passenger to defend Fadel, media correspondent Muhammad Lila started the hashtag #ThankYouJake to not only "show him some love," but to prove that "not all heroes have superpowers or wear capes."

On social media, the response has been overwhelming.