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It was a busy Friday night at a barbecue restaurant in the Chinese city of Tangshan. A group of women were having dinner together when one of them was approached by a male diner.
It was just the latest example of violence against women thats outraged the Chinese public - in January, news of a woman found chained in a shack sparked similar distress.
Both cases have triggered unprecedented levels of online criticism as well as rare acts of activism. Theyve also raised questions, particularly among young women, about misogyny and male power.
"Its profoundly disrupted how Chinese people view their own society and specifically, the gender norms and stereotypes underpinning it," said Pichamon Yeophantong, a China researcher at the University of New South Wales.
A 2013 UN study involving 1,000 men in a county in central China found that more than half admitted to physical or sexual violence against their partner - a similar number also said they would use violence to defend their honour.
The UN report attributed gender-based violence to deeply-rooted gender norms in China - a country where domestic violence was only made a criminal offence in 2016.
Ms Allen said that when living in the country a decade ago she witnessed several attacks in broad daylight where "groups of bystanders [were] simply watching on".
Thats what happened in Tangshan, although the victim didnt know the attacker. It was the same in Xuzhou too, where a woman had been chained by her neck in a hut outside her home.