“19 & my 57 year old boss reached up my skirt on Christmas eve. I called my sister crying asking her to bring me pants #notokay”
“@kellyoxford And millions more silently scrolling through and nodding”
These are a few of the tweets that have flooded Kelly Oxford’s wall in the last 24 hours.
In the wake of Trump’s leaked tape, where he is talking about ‘grabbing a woman’s pussy’, Oxford, celebrated author and feminist, has urged women to tweet her the stories of their first sexual assaults.
“Women: tweet me your first assaults. they aren’t just stats. I’ll go first: Old man on city bus grabs my “pussy” and smiles at me, I’m 12.”
This is the tweet Oxford wrote, flagging off the movement that has now seen close to a million women respond to her. The hashtag accompanying each heartbreaking tweet ? #notokay.
It is not okay to blame the victim. It is not okay to call it ‘locker-room banter’ and it is not okay to defend people like Trump.
Most importantly, it is not okay to remain silent.
I urge you to go through all the stories that women have sent to Kelly Oxford. Look for tweets tagged #NotOkay.
This is probably the most important thing you will do today.