It was a month ago that people openly (at least, on social media) started talking about sexual assault and Alyssa Milano’s fight against Harvey Weinstein became a talking point. It resonated with every woman who has ever been assaulted by anyone. And, both men and women without divulging anything, simply uttered two of the most powerful words of 2017 – Me Too.
That acted as a catalyst and from every part of the world, stories of sexual assault emerged. Especially the entertainment industry, which took a big hit. Finally, the social media saw the magnitude of the problem and came to terms with the fact that harassment and assault are the sad reality. And, got a fair idea of what humans across the globe face on a regular basis.
A published author Jennifer Wright asked women to retweet if they’ve ever been flashed at without wanting to.
Hey women: retweet if you've ever been shown a penis you did not want or expect to see.
— Jennifer Wright (@JenAshleyWright) November 9, 2017
And, the ordeal echoed with the women of the inter-web. The tweet has about 204902 retweets and it is reaching more and more feeds. But it is the reply thread on it, that is heart-breaking.
Some of the stories are making us cry with rage.
1. Scarring experience.
The first time I was in second grade. He drove by me and called me over to his car. His penis was out. Second time I was 19, it was on public transportation.#metoo
— Mess-of-happiness (@nassimakflinn) November 9, 2017
2. How would a young girl even know?
Same here! I was nine. It was a neighbor in his station wagon. Didn’t even know what I was looking at.
— Christine Tutlewski (@tutlewskic) November 10, 2017
3. It is sad, frightening and we need to do better.
Unfortunately most of the unsolicited dicks I've seen have been in person, not pictures. Isn't that sad and frightening? Life's better now but damn it was crazy.
— Lorraine Hickman (@shortyblueyes5) November 10, 2017
4. She would never be able to forget that.
16 year old me confronted by an old man casually masturbating in front of me as I’m trying to walk to school.
— Cara (@gooliegirlie) November 10, 2017
5. Different people have different reactions.
Lucky you – I got flashed on the Tube – tho TBH 1st thought was ‘why’s he holding a sausage’…
— Fiona Markham (@FionaMakes) November 10, 2017
6. We, sadly, have to agree.
I'd retweet this multiple times if I could, as I've encountered SEVERAL men who thought it was alright to expose themselves to me.
— woman thou art lucid (@CrystalLewis) November 10, 2017
7. Inboxes on social media for ladies are full of such harassment stories.
Happened a lot when I was very active on social media in my mid teens, late teens, and I’d get messages, occasionally from strangers, with pics in them. Unsolicited, and definitely unwanted – no one wants to see that. Made me sick and embarrassed. :
— Miranda Doerfler (@docsaico) November 11, 2017
8. This woman shared more than one of her horrifying incidents.
The first was a cyclist on his bike waiting at the top of a hill I was climbing with my nine old friends. It was hard and out of his pants.
— Jordie Welles (@Jordiew) November 11, 2017
I was shaken and terrified. I reported him to the librarian. He brazenly walked unimpeded out of the library defiantly keeping eye contact.
— Jordie Welles (@Jordiew) November 11, 2017
9. 17 and scarred.
First one I ever saw.
Trafalgar Square, summer of 1987.
He was middle-aged, standing in the fountain, and appeared to be homeless.
I was 17 and on a missions trip with a troupe of Christian mimes.
He whipped it out and stared at me/us. #truestory
— Cathleen Falsani (@godgrrl) November 9, 2017
10. So is ours.
Happens more than you’d predict. My block list is long.
— Serafina (@Serafina2112) November 9, 2017
11. What the hell?!
On a video conference call, by a company executive during a department meeting at work.
— Cristin O'Keeffe (@Aspasia_1) November 10, 2017
12. They strike when you least expect them to.
Never will forget hanging out with some girls and a guy just walked over to where we were sitting a whipped out his dick and slapped it on the table saying 'hey ladies, whaddaya think of this?' I mean, the fuck man. More commonplace than people think.
— Maddox Desolation (@MadoxDesolation) November 11, 2017
13. Women recounting the horror is spine-chilling.
Oh, I totally forgot the man masturbating against my see-thru glass pane back door when I was 13. Saw him another day masturbating in the yard laying in the grass looking up at our windows. Police never got him.
— Sunny Megatron (@SunnyMegatron) November 11, 2017
14. Don’t quite like the joking about it bit, but what happened to her was awful.
Once, a guy kept flashing and tried to brush up his dick to her body. Terrified and scared, she somehow ran away
— आंगन आवो बलमा (@Jhaditya4u) November 11, 2017
15. Oh, Gosh! This is horrible.
I was shopping and he was following me around. He grabbed me bit my lip and showed me. I was 12 :/
— Chloe 🌱 (@chlomodo) November 11, 2017
16. That’s what the cops all over the world ask?
At least 6 different times. 1st time age 4. Last time 2 years ago on beach near Rome while I was reading. So mad I chased him (naked) for 15 minutes up & down beach as he begged me to forgive him. When I reported it to cops, cop asked: Were you naked too? #MeToo
— Megan Williams (@MKWilliamsRome) November 11, 2017
17. Creepy bus conductor, Indian women have encountered so many times.
I was in public transport, riding in the back of a vehicle. I got off to pay him, and was forced to stand face to face with him. His penis was hanging out and there was a large stain on his pants. I wasn’t stupid. I threw the money at him and ran for my life.
— Pra. پراشي (@MissPeachyness) November 11, 2017
18. That’s so traumatic.
6 mths pregnant walking through a park on my way from work to a dentist appointment was flashed at
— Karen James (@james_kjames) November 11, 2017
I think the worst was when this man chased me in broad daylight with his penis out & then ran infront of me to make me look
— Lusi (@LusandaOliphant) November 11, 2017
20. Some scars just stay with you.
I was 5 the first time. #metoo
— NanaBanana (@crystal_guynes) November 11, 2017
Then, there were men too who shared their ordeal.
The number of RTs this tweet is getting is staggering and we are enraged.