#notokay - females share their stories on sexual assault

rape culture

according to all - knowing wikipedia, rape culture ‘is a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality’. behaviours commonly associated with rape culture include victim blaming, sexual objectification, trivialising rape, or even just refusing to acknowledge the harm caused by some forms of sexual violence. 

it comes up in the news all the time, and the scary thing is that sometimes we even get annoyed when someone brings it up. but what’s even scarier is that every time the topic of sexual assault comes up between me and my girlfriends (no matter which part of the world I am in), the majority of them have some kind of story, sometimes even several, of being assaulted in some way. there isn’t a single girl that I know that has never feared assault in their life. and pretty much every girl or woman has experienced some form of assault. 

so the trump voice recording hits the news (if you don’t know what I’m talking about… no offence but you should probably read more) and people are already annoyed with the feminist backslash. because it is often underestimated how widespread assaults really are, as there are so many stories left untold. 

however, millions of women have come out with their stories on twitter under the hashtag #notokay to let the world know just how common these assaults are, started my canadian writer kelly oxford-

you should go read them here

rape culture is something that can only be fought if people realise that we all are part of one. some things should never be left unspoken and it’s so important to know that you have a voice and someone will listen to what you have to say.