Social Media Personality Speaks On Shocking Twitter Responses To Sexually Assault Question
A popular Social Media Personality recently took to twitter to post a very vulnerable question to her followers. Christine better know to the twitter world as SteenFox could not have imaged the over 800 responses she received in the course of the next eight hours.
So what was the question that sparked these shocking twitter responses —What were you wearing when you raped or sexually assaulted. In a exclusive interview with the Jasmine Brand Christine gave the outlet insight on what triggered the whole twitter conversation. Check out excerpts from the interview below as well as the twitter responses in the gallery above. *The identity of those who shared their personal stories was hidden*
On What triggered this discussion:
It all started when a flyer for the “SlutWalk” floating across the TL. SlutWalk is an organized transnational movement that started in April, 2011 after a Toronto police officer suggested that women stop dressing like sluts if they want to remain safe. It occurs every April in the form of marches where women wear revealing clothing to bring awareness that even if a woman is dressed like a “slut”, no one has the right to assault them. There seems to be a misconception that clothing contributes to the likelihood that a woman will be assaulted & it’s mind blowing how many people actually agree with this.
Anyway, the flyer triggered a conversation on the TL about the name of the protest march, many people taking issue w/the name. People have a problem with the name “SlutWalk” but don’t have a problem referring to women who dress a certain way as sluts. Then a man on Twitter tweeted that although he felt women don’t deserve to be assaulted, they should be mindful of how they dress. He suggested that men & women need to “do better.” That implies that victims need to do something to avoid being victimized. So I thought about when I was assaulted and wondered “how could I have done better?” I couldn’t have done anything different to prevent that incident from happening. It wasn’t my fault. He wasn’t a stranger. I wasn’t dressed like a “slut.”
On what she was wearing when it happened to her/ her story:
I was wearing a red Bebe tanktop & black jeans and black slip on wedges. It was a guy that I’d known for a couple of years. I was at his home alone. He put something in the drink that he insisted that I have.
What surprised her most about the responses and what she learned:
Everyone remembered exactly what they had on. The most common response seemed to pajamas. Many were children. Most of the attackers were people they knew…grandfathers, fathers, uncles, cousins, brothers, boyfriends, pastors, husbands. There were women in their military uniforms, women wearing leggings & boots. Sundresses while on vacation. School uniforms. Work clothes. Dresses that they wore to church. Just normal, everyday clothing.
That bravery is inspiring. I had to walk away from my computer a few times because I was in tears. And these stories weren’t just from strangers. They were from people who I’ve known & followed for years that I never knew I shared this in common with. I respect them even more after today. Most importantly, I learned that this has happened to WAY too many women & girls and it has to stop. We don’t need to teach girls how to protect themselves. We need to teach boys not to rape. How can you protect yourself when you’re 5 years old and asleep in your bed where you’re supposed to be safe? You can’t.