Whether it is a working place or a public place, being a woman we all know how common sexual harassment is. In this now-viral thread, women around the world are sharing their harassment stories and it's disturbing to see how common this culture of sexual harassment and sexual assault is.
We have seen times when we used to hear about sexual harassment incidents. These included high profile cases and cases of daily scenarios where it was common for women to face gender discrimination and harassment once they stepped out of their homes. These cases when brought to light, they were hushed and swept under the carpet only to pretend that they never happened, giving more power to accusers and leaving the victim feeling helpless.
The recent rise in the #MeToo movement has given women a platform to not only name and shame those who are part of sexual harassment and sexual assault culture but also give women a sense of safety too. Now that it is easy to bring these issues to light, the platform allows women around the world to speak about the cases of sexual harassment and assault without feeling scared that the society might blame them in return. Most importantly, women have decided not to stay silent anymore and are coming forward with their own dreadful incidents. Recently a Twitter user started a thread and asked the ladies around the world to raise their hands if they have been ever sexually harassed in their lives. You won't be surprised to see how many women from different walks of life came forward with their stories.
Ladies, raise your hand if you've ever been groped, catcalled, sexually assaulted. I wanna show you how common this is— Kenidra4Humanity (@KenidraRWoods_) August 13, 2019
I've experienced all of the above and it makes you feel like an object rather than a human being. Every day, I hope that more and more women won't have to put up with this bullshit from entitled men.— Kenidra4Humanity (@KenidraRWoods_) August 13, 2019
I'm so sorry to every woman who have raised their hand and will raise their hand.— Kenidra4Humanity (@KenidraRWoods_) August 13, 2019
Many women have messaged me saying they were raped by their husbands and they also mentioned that people wouldn't believe them since they are married. Just because a man is married to a woman doesn't give him the right to force sex on her when he wants. I believe u & I see you.— Kenidra4Humanity (@KenidraRWoods_) August 14, 2019
I’ve had a man grab my boob at Lowe’s, when I’m with my kids, in the past six months. I get unwelcome stares or low key catcalls a few times a month. It’s tapered off a ton now that I’m nearing 40— Erin wants to be sleeping (@Rightturn_only) August 13, 2019
🤚🤚🤚🤚🤚and one of those incidents I was a sophomore in high school cat called while I was away at a football game with my marching band, and these were state officials that catcalled me bc of the way i was built on top , never in my life I felt so dirty and ashamed.— Kimberly Johnson (@sweet_n_spice83) August 13, 2019
Exactly. My co-worker sexually harassing me was pretty damned traumatic but I didn't say anything because at least he didn't rape me. (A guy co-worker friend ended up reporting him when I wouldn't.)— Vortex33 (@vortex33) August 13, 2019
There's a lot of women who just forget.— Yaylinux (@yaylinux) August 13, 2019
I know people who would totally say it's never happened to them, but they are just so used to it they don't count that one time on the bus, or that one guy who was really pushy
At 13, a friend & I walked by a “rape van” with the sliding door open & a hairy naked man jerking it in full view. Neither of us told our parents for hours for fear WE would get in trouble. No one ever asked me why I thought I’d be in trouble, but everyone was disappointed in ME.— Women’s Rights are People’s Rights (@think_teach1) August 13, 2019
I don’t think there is a single woman above 14 who hasn’t been at least groped or cat called.— fake geek gamer girl (@Toxic_Fem) August 14, 2019
Brutally raped at knife point and beaten.— Janice #JaniceForAlaska #HD25 #SaveOurState (@alaskawater) August 13, 2019
Beaten by domestic partner, more than one.
Sexually harassed at the workplace by a man who stood with his crotch in my face while I was working at my desk.
The real question is, who hasn’t? I don’t say this lightly. I was sexually assaulted (over clothes) in a work place and got told by HR to forget about it because : it had happened to her when she was younger. I quit. I never bought anything from that company ever again.— Yazmin (@YazMuLo) August 13, 2019
By age 20 I had decided to never be alone with any man unless I had already decided to have sex with him because they regarded it as consent and simply would not hear the word No.— Elizabeth Chamberlin (@Elizabe04337896) August 13, 2019
I was at a conference and 18 women were present out of 30 attendees. Everyone of them had been the subject of unwanted, unasked or unprovoked forcible sexual advances or assault. Every damn one. It was a real eye opener.— 𝑭𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒍𝒚 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 🇮🇪 (@FrankOKelly) August 13, 2019
Happened to me earlier this summer while I was walking my dog. I’m almost 46 and honestly thought I was past this sh*t. When I called the police to give them his license plate, they told me “He was probably just trying to give you a compliment.”— Shannon Lee (@everydayathena) August 13, 2019
I doubt I’ve gone a single day without being catcalled since age 12— Gemma Paradise (@GemmaParadiseXO) August 13, 2019
Yup, many times. The one time I was actually truly scared was one night at work I asked a security guard to walk me to the parking lot because it was close to 3am. He attacked me when we came to a dark spot. Thankfully I was able to get away when a vehicle startled him.— Susie mcbride (@Ewokgrl) August 13, 2019
I thought that being pregnant would give me my first reprieve since pre-adolescence. But recently learned there’s a subset of creeps who are infatuated with pregnant women 🤦♀️— Jax ⚡️ (@Diamond_Jax) August 13, 2019
As a man, I just decided to scroll thru. Just reading the incidents left me speechless. I can only say that we must continue to educate men and RAISE boys to treat women and girls with respect and any kind of unwanted attention/contact is wrong. I hope that came out right.— Kevin D (@freekev22) August 14, 2019
Seriously. It makes me think about all the women in my life. Like my wife? I hope if something serious happened in her past she knows she could tell me. I'd only love her more for it. And THEN, it makes me think about my guy friends. Like, am I friends w/ someone who's done this?— Che Canel (@CheCanel) August 14, 2019
It needs to stop. I stand with you against these behaviors from men. We need to be better.— DM in the Sky (@Shagrazir) August 14, 2019
I am a man and I will stop harassment when i witness it. I will call friends or relatives on it when they talk like it's okay.
No one should have to worry about this type of treatment.