A woman was assaulted and threatened in Kitchener in an incident that police they are treating as a hate crime.

Waterloo Regional Police say a pro-choice activist was attacked by a stranger Tuesday afternoon while walking near Charles Street and Borden Avenue.

The stranger allegedly threw red paint on the woman and screamed “murderer” at her before walking away.

The woman, who has asked not to be identified, suffered minor injuries to her face.

A representative for Kitchener’s SHORE Centre, formerly known as Planned Parenthood, confirms the victim is a well-known pro-choice activist in the community.

The centre also says the incident has prompted them to keep their doors locked but they say they will remain open.

Police say they want to hear from anyone with information about the attack.