Women Are Rallying Under #NotOkay to Share Their Stories of Sexual Assault Following Trump Tape Leak
After a leaked video of Donald Trump making repellant comments about women hit the Internet (and promptly scattered the Republican Party) on Friday, Canadian writer Kelly Oxford tweeted about her own sexual assault in response — and encouraged other women to do the same.
Thousands of responses poured in during the first hours the rallying hashtag, #NotOkay, was established, and they've kept coming since.
Trump's leaked 2005 tape contained disturbing comments the presidential candidate made about women. He was recorded saying that he could "grab women by the p---y" because he was famous and that he could kiss women without invitation or consent — an action he attributed to a lack of self-control.
Oxford's response to his comments — and to sexual assault in general — is to make the women affected by the crime visible rather than just a number in a set of statistics. "They aren't just stats," she tweeted in her first post, where she also shared her first five stories of sexual assault.
Women: tweet me your first assaults. they aren't just stats. I'll go first:— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 7, 2016
Old man on city bus grabs my "pussy" and smiles at me, I'm 12.
As more responses came in, she stood in solidarity with those who also shared their story: "Not our shame," she wrote.
1hr ago I shared my sexual assault & asked if you could do the same. Look at my timeline. 1000's of stories. We must discuss. Not our shame.— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 8, 2016
Fourteen hours after Oxford sent her initial tweet, stories still kept coming — a minimum of 50 per minute, she posted.
women have tweeted me sexual assault stories for 14 hours straight. Minimum 50 per minute. harrowing. do not ignore. #notokay— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 8, 2016
Fifty. Per. Minute.
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