Women Share Stories Of Sexual Assault To Show Trump What Rape Culture Looks Like

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It’s only been a few hours since #TrumpTapes, and internet users are rightfully outraged by the predatory and misogynist language Donald Trump used in a recently uncovered recording of a conversation that took place in a men’s locker room in 2005. In the recording, he bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Starting Friday afternoon, thousands of people shared personal stories on social media of being sexually assaulted, many using the hashtag #NotOkay. For many hours, #NotOkay was a trending topic on Twitter in the United States. A day later, the hashtag continued going strong.

The outpouring seems to have started after several prominent Twitter users posted about the potential consequences of brushing off Trump’s comments. Doing so, they said, would normalize and enable “rape culture.” And, they argued, this kind of behavior was more commonplace than some might think.

“If you don’t think this will affect female [voter] turn out and crossover, perhaps you should ask a woman to recount all the times she was groped,” tweeted Clara Jeffrey, editor-in-chief of Mother Jones.

 

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