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26 Tweets That Show How Women Experience Sexual Harassment And Violence From An Early Age

When I was 7, I was groped by my twenty-year-old neighbor.

When I was 11, a motorcyclist drew close to me, made a lewd remark and sped away.

When I was 15, I was groped by a passerby on a busy street.

When I was 21, a friend of a friend sent me a verbally abusive, demeaning, and perverted e-mail, just because I’d done something innocuous as forwarding a mail.

When I was 28, a rickshaw driver verbally abused me, called me a ‘whore,’ and sped away because I wouldn’t give me extra money above what the digital meter read.

These are just some of the instances that come to mind when I think back over my nearly three decades of existence on this planet. I’m sure I could come up with more if I thought about it. And I’m also sure that I’m not the only woman who has such blood-boiling stories to tell.


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To throw light on sexual harassment, sexual violence, and sexism that women face from as early an age as 5, almost all through their lives, a new hashtag has surface, #WhenIWas. UK-based Everyday Sexism project asked their Twitter followers on Tuesday morning to share their experiences of sexism, sexual harassment, abuse, and violence, and the response has been overwhelming. Women from all over the world, of all ages, belonging to various ethnicities and backgrounds, have unhesitatingly shared their stories, driving home the fact that women have to face sexual harassment from a very early age.

Some women who have shared their stories were just five years of age when it happened, an age when they barely know what’s right and what’s wrong, and even if they did, they might not have been believed by the adults. Some men have shared what they used to do to girls when they were young, and they confess to not knowing that their behavior amounted to sexual assault. If this isn’t a wakeup call to educate and empower women and men and teach them about good touch and bad touch from an early age, I don’t know what is.

If you’ve got the stomach for it, here are some tweets that throw light on the dismal state of affairs as it stands today:


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26 Tweets That Show How Women Experience Sexual Harassment And Violence From An Early Age
Women from all over the world have shared their stories on sexual harassment. Read this only if you have the stomach for it.
Chaitra Ramalingegowda

Chaitra Ramalingegowda

I fell in love with storytelling long before I knew what it was. Love well written stories, writing with passion, baking lip-smacking-finger-licking chocolate cakes, engaging movies, and home-cooked food. A true work-in-progress and a believer in the idiom 'all those who wander are not lost'. Twitter: @ChaitraRlg