This is true. I was with @eDDie who can back me up. Walking past a past-middle aged man eating his chips who decided to shout abuse at my Mum and then try to leg me up.
I remembered my self defence... had his knackers bruised onto my thigh for over a fortnight after. Police arrested him, happy days.
That said, I also once was spat on for being female and punched / had my finger broken right down the centre (still can't bend/use it properly) a few years back at Peterborough by a SWFC fan.
Goes both ways.
Maybe it's my face.