Millions of women took to Twitter to share their personal experiences of sexual assault and rape culture in response to Donald Trump’s remark about grabbing women “by the p****,” the Huffington Post reports.
Canadian author Kelly Oxford was the catalyst that got the ball rolling, as she urged women on Twitter to open up about their sexual assault experiences in the social media site. In that same tweet, Kelly described how she was sexually assaulted on a bus when she was 12.
Women: tweet me your first assaults. they aren't just stats. I'll go first:
Old man on city bus grabs my "pussy" and smiles at me, I'm 12.
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 7, 2016
The response to Kelly Oxford’s tweet was so massive, with the author receiving 50 replies per minute. Within 14 hours, the number of women who shared their sexual assault stories amounted to nearly 10 million.
This is what I was trying to tell everyone about this morning. Thank you, Kelly Oxford. You're awesome. Thank you… https://t.co/1NePpayC7G
— Jennifer Robinson (@evolvingjen) October 9, 2016
“Anyone denying rape culture,” Kelly wrote, “look at my timeline now.”
I posted my assault, asked women to share theirs, thinking "if no one discusses I'll pull it down." 9.7million later pic.twitter.com/h1y7iIiU7M
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 9, 2016
3 hours ago I asked women to tweet me about their sexual assault & rape. 3 hours later, new women sharing- every second #notokay
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 8, 2016
The sexual assault stories shared in response to Kelly’s tweet were varied, but the majority of them happened when the women involved were only minors.
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
— K. (@kimbroly) October 8, 2016
Walking to the mall, 13. Time stops as 5-6 construction workers shout they want to F*ck me & make obscene gestures w/their tongues. #notokay
— Laura Reagan, LCSW-C (@lauralcswc) October 9, 2016
— Moriah.???? (@ForeverMoriah) October 9, 2016
— Teri LeBlanc (@mcblank) October 9, 2016
On Saturday, Kelly went on Twitter again to say how overwhelmed she was by the massive response to her tweet. And then she opened up about her second sexual assault experience.
Women: keep tweeting me assaults with #notokay
Here was my second assault:
Boy in drama class grabbed my "pussy" during class, I was 13
— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) October 7, 2016
The overwhelming response to Oxford’s tweet is indicative of how prevalent rape culture has always been in our society. And so far, the #notokay hashtag has been more than successful in bringing home the point: rape culture and the prevailing attitudes that reinforce it should be stopped.
— Stefan Simanowitz (@StefSimanowitz) October 8, 2016
The #notokay campaign is a direct response to the controversial video where Donald Trump was heard telling Billy Bush that he has a knack for grabbing women by their genitals. The footage was taken when Trump was on a bus with Bush while on their way to the set of The Days of Our Lives.
At one point in the video, Donald can be heard talking about her sexual advances on a married woman, whom he admitted turned him down.
“I moved on her like a b***h, but I couldn’t get there, and she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony t**s and everything,” Trump said.
Hollywood Reporter reveals that the woman Donald was talking about was identified as Nancy O’Dell, the then-cohost of Access Hollywood and currently a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.
At one point during Trump’s conversation with Bush, they talked about Days of our Lives actress actress Arianne Zucker.
“I’m automatically attracted to beautiful [women]—I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything… Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”
Trump issued an apology to the Washington Post on the same day the video was leaked.
“Obviously I’m embarrassed and ashamed. It’s no excuse, but this happened eleven years ago — I was younger, less mature, and acted foolishly in playing along. I’m very sorry.”
“This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course—not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended,” Donald said.
Melania said that Trump’s remarks in the 2005 video were “unacceptable and offensive.”
“The words my husband used are unacceptable and offensive to me,” Ms. Trump said. “This does not represent the man that I know. He has the heart and mind of a leader. I hope people will accept his apology, as I have, and focus on the important issues facing our nation and the world.”
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Trump also made some disparaging remarks about his wife Melania two months after Donald had his “locker room banter” with Bush.
In an interview with Howard Stern, Trump described his then-pregnant wife as “a blimp” and “a monster.” Trump married her earlier that year.
“Like a blimp — in the right places. In her case, the right places. I mean she really has become a monster — in all the right places,” Trump said of his wife.
“You know, they just blow up, right?” Donald Trump added.
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