A Toronto woman says she was assaulted by a stranger who told her to take off her "hijab" and "get the fuck out of the country."
Gerber said the assault happened on a busy pedestrian street, and once people started to stop and take notice of what was happening, her assailant let go of her and ran off.
The 24-year-old actress said she was shaken but physically all right, and a couple who witnessed what had happened offered to walk with her to keep her safe.
There has been a spike in anti-Muslim incidents across Canada since the terrorist attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people, for which ISIS has taken credit.
Mosques have been broken into and torched, and several Muslim women have been assaulted.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has condemned the wave of attacks and the National Council of Canadian Muslims has called them "hateful and cowardly acts" of xenophobia and hatred.
Since posting about her assault on Facebook, Gerber says she's seen an outpouring of support from friends and strangers alike who are horrified by what happened. "I hope we can reach out to people of the Muslim faith," she said.
Ishmael Daro is a social news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in Toronto.
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