A 26-year-old woman is in critical but stable condition after HAVING HER THROAT SLASHED by a man with whom she declined to talk. Police are still looking for the suspect.

On October 1, around 5:20 am, the unnamed woman was in the lobby of a building in Queens, New York, when a man came up to her and tried to talk to her. She refused to talk to him and turned away. He then grabbed her from behind and slashed her on the neck with an unspecified "cutting instrument."

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Another resident described a similar but separate attack in the same neighborhood, via CBS 2:

"She got hit from behind," Carlos Iaje told CBS 2's Janelle Burrell. "She didn't know what happened, she just woke up in the hospital. That can happen to anybody, so you have to be more careful."

Once again we are faced with the brutal reality that a woman simply living her life is considered a punishable offense. That a woman declining to hold a conversation in the early hours of the morning with a total stranger deserves a horrifically twisted form of retaliation. That a woman who most likely had her own safety in mind (because attacks like this are not uncommon) when she refused to engage with the man, was slashed in the neck.

#YesAllWomen

Image via CBS2.