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A woman who was allegedly flashed while riding a New York City subway didn't just stand there and take it. Oh no. Not this lady. She got angry. Real angry.

Words can't describe the scene, but here's a snippet of what the unidentified woman says during the incident, a video of which was posted to YouTube. (Be warned, it contains plenty of explicit language.)

"I'm like, why is this person pressing up against me? Then I realize you have all this [expletive]space here. Then I see his penis out! That's it!" she says.

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That wasn't the end of her rage.

"Oh, you're getting [expletive]arrested! I'm not leaving your side! My plans are done for tonight. I'm escorting you to the police station, okay?"

Emily May, who posted the YouTube video to her website,, an organization against street harassment, summed up the feelings of many people when she told New York CBS, "She is my hero." May added, "So many women have walked away from situations like that feeling like their voice didn't matter, and she spoke up. And her voice is a voice for an entire city of women, many of which have seen things like this in their own lives."

Also, the unidentified woman seems to have made good on her promise to make sure the guy got arrested. The flasher, 51-year-old Mario Valdivia, has been charged with forcible touching, public lewdness and sex abuse.

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More

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