In the Wake of Donald Trump’s Tape, Women Share Stories of Abuse on Twitter
The release of a 2005 tape in which Donald Trump spoke about women in derogatory terms and bragged to former Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about using his fame to inappropriately kiss and grope women without their consent has been met with unified shock and horror. Many Republican leaders have retracted their support for the presidential candidate, while his wife Melania released a statement, in which she described her husband’s words as “unacceptable and offensive.”
On Friday evening, writer Kelly Oxford expressed her dismay at the tapes on her Twitter account. She asked women to share stories of their first sexual assaults in order to highlight how often women are subject to this kind of behavior. “They aren’t just stats,” she wrote. “I’ll go first: Old man on city bus grabs my ‘pussy’ and smiles at me, I’m 12.”
After her tweet, millions—yes, millions—of more women started sharing their own stories of sexual abuse. Many women wrote their personal experiences of being groped while riding in public transportation, harassed by older men, or attacked while serving in the military.
Less than half an hour later, Oxford tweeted: “I am currently receiving 2 sex assault stories per second. Anyone denying rape culture, please look at my timeline now.” Perhaps Trump, an avid Twitter user who dismissed his recorded comments as simply “locker room banter,” should start following Oxford too.
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