Thursday 8 December 2016

Millions of women share sexual assault stories on Twitter after Donald Trump's lewd remarks

Published 09/10/2016 | 10:22

Donald Trump has refused to step down as the Republican presidential candidate (AP)
Donald Trump has refused to step down as the Republican presidential candidate (AP)

Millions of women have shared their personal experiences of sexual assault after Donald Trump’s controversial comments about groping women.

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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.

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