One of the top trends on Twitter today is #WhenIWas
Scrolling through this hashtag, I quickly realized what it was – a hashtag created by a couple of (probably) feminists looking to bring light to the issue of sexual harassment.
Being the social media junkie that I am, I decided to put in my two cents.
Almost immediately, a follower of mine responded.
My question is this. What does it matter? Sexual assault is sexual assault.
Does it matter if he “only slapped my butt?” Would it be a bigger deal if I told the truth and said he tried to forcibly have sex with me? Twitter only allows 140 characters so – oops, I left that out.
Why do I have to include those details to be taken seriously?
Technically, if someone grabs my ass that I don’t want grabbing my ass, that’s considered sexual assault.
According to Google: Sexual assault is any type of forced or coerced sexual contact or behavior that happens without consent. Sexual assault includes rape and attempted rape, child molestation, and sexual harassment or threats.
Keywords: Without consent. I repeat: WITHOUT CONSENT.
It doesn’t matter what he or she did to assault you, it doesn’t matter that you were wearing short shorts or showing cleavage. Or even that you had been drinking.
If I was coherent enough to repeatedly say NO, NO, STOP, DON’T, I DON’T WANT TO, then the point should be clear: Get your f%$*&*^ hands off of me.
If a woman doesn’t personally invite you to slap her ass or have sex with her, don’t take it upon yourself to do so. Unless the two of you are in a mutual and consensual relationship and into that kinda stuff… just be safe and keep your hands to yourself, ok? 🙂
This trend pissed me off. I love it, but it pissed me off.