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Aug 28, 2016 5:06 PM

NH women protest by going topless at Hampton Beach

HAMPTON - In several hundred cities across the world today, women participated in “Go Topless Day” as a way to protest against laws preventing women from showing their breasts in public. Hampton Beach was the scene one of those protests.

“When I walked down to the water, I was nervous. I wanted to cover myself. I’ve never done this before,” said Kelly Groesser, of Derry, who spent the day sunbathing topless on Hampton Beach.

Dozens of topless women sunbathed and played on Hampton Beach today. Some even walked along the boardwalk, participating in an international equality protest, organized here in New Hampshire by Kia Sinclair.

“It’s about equality and choice. We’re not doing anything differently than the guys are doing,” said Sinclair.

She says 400 women signed up on Facebook to strip their tops at Hampton Beach. There’s no way to determine how many showed up because the women were dispersed all over the beach.

“It’s not for me, but I don’t care if they do it. I have no problem with it,” said Robin Costain, of Merrimack.

Last year marked the first time topless women descended on Hampton Beach on the same day women were doing the same in 300 other cities. Sinclair said she was arrested in Laconia when she took her top off at Weirs Beach.

“I was arrested even though the judge said the town can’t criminalize something that’s not criminal in the state, “ Sinclair added.

Hampton Police did not interfere with the topless sunbathers. Some beach-goers told NH1 News they were uncomfortable with the display of naked breasts and they feel it should be illegal for women to go topless in public.

“We told the police and they said they (topless women) have a right. I’ve got three grandchildren, and they shouldn’t be seeing that stuff,” said a grandfather who brought his family from Worcester to spend the day at Hampton Beach.

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