Women share sexual assault stories as #NotOkay goes viral2,025 views
‘Boy in drama grabbed my p**** during class – I was 13′: Women share their harrowing sexual assault stories on Twitter – just hours after Donald Trump’s groping boasts
- Donald Trump said he was drawn to beautiful women and liked to ‘grab them by the p****’ in a secret tape recording from 2005
- In protest, Canadian writer Kelly Oxford posted account of sexual assault
- She urged other women to share stories of when they were abused
Twitter has been inundated with women sharing their harrowing stories of sexual assault in the wake of Donald Trump’s disturbing comments about women.
Canadian writer Kelly Oxford posted an account of an older man assaulting her on a bus when she was aged 12, and urged others to share their stories, sparking the hashtag #NotOkay.
It comes as a tape of Trump emerged in which he admitted he was drawn like a magnet to beautiful women and boasted that he liked to, ‘Grab them by the p****’.
The audio was recorded on a bus heading to the set of the soap opera Days of Our Lives in 2005 but released on Friday.
Trump made comments that spoke volumes about his attitude to women. ‘I just start kissing them,’ he boasted. ‘I don’t even wait.’
On the tape, Trump bragged to then Access Hollywood presenter Billy Bush about women letting him kiss and grab them because he is famous.
‘When you’re a star they let you do it,’ Trump says. ‘You can do anything.’ He adds seconds later, ‘Grab them by the p****. You can do anything.’
In response, Kelly blasted the Republican presidential nominee by posting on Twitter: ‘”Grab them by the p****,” Trump says. ‘”You can do anything.” And Billy Bush is like, OK! -This is rape culture. This is what we hear & live.’
She added: ‘Billy Bush cackling after Donald Trump says “Grab them by the p****. You can do anything.” Is rape culture.
‘It is not just “two guys talking s***” when Trump says he grabs a “p****” Read my timeline. It’s not funny, Billy. It’s abuse. Let’s talk.’
Calling for action, she began detailing one of five accounts of sexual assault she experiences as a young girl and as a teenager.
The mother-of-one urged: ‘Women: tweet me your first assaults. they aren’t just stats. I’ll go first: Old man on city bus grabs my “p****” and smiles at me, I’m 12.’
‘Women: keep tweeting me assaults with #notokay. Here was my second assault: Boy in drama class grabbed my “p****” during class, I was 13′.
She added: ‘Please tweet me your sexual assaults, they are #notokay. My 3rd assault was by dermatologist, made me undress in his office closet. Age 14′.
The author then described a particularly harrowing account of assault in the women’s toilets when she was 16.
She wrote: ‘4th assault: women’s bathroom, guy enters throws me into sink, asks me if I know what rape is. His friend drags him out. I’m 16, he’s 25.
‘My 5th assault: age 15, at hospital for anxiety & heart palpitations. shirt is off for ekg, 2 Drs, not my Drs, stop & stare. 1 winks at me.’
And women from around the world responded in their thousands, bravely sharing similar stories of assault on the social media site.
@bvanantwerp wrote: @kellyoxford My 1st sexual assault was Kindergarten classmate grabbing my p***y when I leaned over at the water fountain. #notokay
@thereisnnohurry said: ‘@kellyoxford 60-year-old neighbor who said he could ‘help’ me rake leaves. I was 8.’
One user with the name K shared: ’13, male classmate flips my skirt up & I scream & slug him. Mr. Teacher tells me it’s not ok to make up stories about these things. #notokay’
Emily Willingham said: ‘@kellyoxford I won’t give details, but I was 12, and he went to jail.’
@SayWhatSugar said: ‘@kellyoxford Man rubbed against my ass on the train then blew me a kiss. I was in fifth grade on a school trip.’
@caitidh wrote: ‘@kellyoxford I spent my last 2 yrs of HS being assaulted by my bf and I didn’t even know it was rape b/c rape culture told me it was fine.’
Another said: ‘I was 13. Dad of the kids I babysat offered to drive me home. I said no. Said he wanted me to be safe. On the drive he felt me up. #notokay’
@Jaybritt92 said: ‘Ever had a stranger try to force his hands down your pants at a party? So now all my Halloween costume have tights or jumpsuits. #notokay’
@arielufret commented: ‘@kellyoxford 17- waitress. Asked to ‘settle a gentlemen’s bet’ re my underwear. Refused to answer; they grabbed my ass to see themselves’
After the recording of Trump was released Friday, backlash didn’t wait, either.
Critics across the political spectrum said the Republican presidential nominee’s comments crossed the line from vulgarity to advocating assault and underscored a need to push back against misogyny and so-called rape culture.
‘Someone with such disrespect for women, with such a misogynistic lifestyle who boasts about using his power to sexually assault women cannot – and will not – be the leader of this country,’ said National Organization for Women president Terry O’Neill.
Dozens of Republican officials called for their own presidential nominee to quit the race. Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, tersely stated: ‘No woman should ever be described in these terms or talked about in this manner. Ever.’
Trump has provided plenty of fodder for the conversation. He has called a Miss Universe winner ‘Miss Piggy,’ referring to actress Rosie O’Donnell as a ‘pig,’ and speculated that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly asked him tough questions because she was menstruating.
In a statement, Trump initially called his remarks ‘locker room banter.’
Brandon Morrow, a pitcher with the San Diego Padres, tweeted that he’s been around locker room banter but Trump’s words were ‘a few of the most disgusting things I’ve heard a man say.’
Trump called the taped comments ‘a distraction from the issues we are facing today.’ He said that his ‘foolish’ words are much different than the words and actions of Bill Clinton, whom he accused of abusing women, and Hillary Clinton, whom he accused of having ‘bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.’
Daniel Weingarten, a 24-year-old Los Angeles-based actor and writer, posted a video in which he shot down the notion that men behind closed doors talk like Trump. ‘Real men don’t say these things. Real men don’t brag about sexual assault like it’s a badge of honor.’
Courtesy: Daily Mail