Sunday 19 November 2017

'People You May Know': Student's Facebook recommended him his rapist

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A 22-year-old student has gone viral for a clip in which he describes being 'recommended' his rapist by Facebook as 'someone you might know'.

The student of the University of Northern Colorado performed a slam poem at an event in which he describes coming across his rapist through Facebook recommendations, through looking through his pictures and seeing him laughing, smiling and wearing the same clothes he raped him in and finding out they had mutual friends.

The powerful performance piece is called "People You May Know", after the well-known Facebook function that recommends friends of mutual friends.

He talks about finding out what his alleged rapist listens to on Spotify, what his middle name is, what he looked like as a baby.

He talks about the reaction to his rape, and being asked "why didn't you fight back?", adding "I'm fighting back now, I promise. Every day of my life".

"Every day I write a poem titled ‘Tomorrow’. It is a hand-written list of the people I know that love me, and I make sure that I put my own name at the top".

The poem was performed at a 'Button Poetry' event, who are 'committed to developing a coherent and effective system of production, distribution, promotion and fundraising for spoken word and performance poetry'.

'We seek to showcase the power and diversity of voices in our community. By encouraging and broadcasting the best and brightest performance poets of today, we hope to broaden poetry's audience, to expand its reach and develop a greater level of cultural appreciation for the art form'.

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