Trigger warning for those who have suffered sexual assault, abuse, or harassment.
Today on twitter I came across an interesting hashtag called #IDidNotReport.
The hashtag has encouraged women to break their silence and share stories of sexual assault, abuse and harassment and why they may or may not have reported their experiences.
The responses have been overwhelming – from words of encouragement and understanding, to solidarity, and a shared experience of frustration over why so many women and men don’t report, particularly fears of victim-blaming.
Here are some of the responses that struck me most:
Jara Mae – Because I was made to believe that I was exactly what the experience made me feel: powerless
Ohoud Saad – because I’m taught that it’s my fault if I get harassed. I’m the one who is provocative. He’s the one who is innocent.
Rosa – I’ve experienced several different types of sexual assault, sadly #IDidNotReport them, mainly for fear of being interrogated & not believed
Andrea Issa – #IDidNotReport & neither did any other women I know. We know we would be blamed, shamed
Chris Jonasson – My friends chose to not react, to continue hanging out with him even though I told them. #IDidNotReport out of fear of losing my friends.
The men and women sharing their stories on twitter with the #IDidNotReport hashtag are extremely courageous. I hope that by breaking the silence and finding a shared experience these brave men and women can find some solace and encourage others to speak up for themselves in the future.
What do you think about the #IDidNotReport hashtag? Do you think it will encourage women to report in the future?
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