Millions of women share sexual assault stories on Twitter after Donald Trump's lewd remarks
Published 09/10/2016 | 10:22
Millions of women have shared their personal experiences of sexual assault after Donald Trump’s controversial comments about groping women.
Amid the outrage over Trump's comments, Canadian writer Kelly Oxford shared her own story of being groped by a man on a city bus at the age of 12.
She asked women to share their own stories to show they “aren't just stats” on Friday night. By the early hours of Sunday morning, 9.7 million people had tweeted at Oxford sharing their stories.
Oxford said she was receiving 50 replies a minute for 14 straight hours.
Women shared stories about attacks by strangers, partners, family members and friends. Many of the assaults took place when the women were children.
Oxford said she was “in horrendous shock and yet so proud of the women sharing their assaults.”
The hashtag she asked women to tweet with, #NotOkay, was trending in the US yesterday due to the number of stories being shared.
More of the tweets can be found on Oxford’s timeline here.
If you have been affected by the issues in this article, you can call the 24-hour Rape Crisis Helpline on 1800 778888 or the Samaritans on 116 123.
Women: tweet me your first assaults. they aren't just stats. I'll go first:— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 7, 2016
Old man on city bus grabs my "pussy" and smiles at me, I'm 12.
I posted my assault, asked women to share theirs, thinking "if no one discusses I'll pull it down." 9.7million later pic.twitter.com/h1y7iIiU7M— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 9, 2016
@kellyoxford sexually assaulted on military base 38 yrs ago today!— Gail Diamond (@mgdiamond24) October 9, 2016
@kellyoxford A colleague smacks my ass and I slap him. He says sorry a dozen times in between excuses. I'm 23 and this happened tonight.— Celestine Au (@celestineau) October 9, 2016
@kellyoxford I had just been in a car wreck (age 16) my head shattered the the windshield. Fireman felt me up all the way to the hospital.— Brein (@aerodaisy) October 9, 2016
@kellyoxford 19, drinking w/ friends. Several guys kidnap me and try to rape me on video. I escape but cops do NOTHING because I was drunk.— Sky Lepidus (@sky_lepidus) October 9, 2016
@kellyoxford I ws 14 grabbed off the street by 4 boys. Cop stops it, scolds them, takes me home & says good girls don't do that. Never told.— Penny Johnson (@puristology) October 9, 2016