‘We lost Amada Todd, pressured into exposing her teenage breasts to a stranger on the internet and blackmailed and bullied for the photographs for the rest of her short life until she hanged herself.
We lost teenager Rehtaeh Parsons, who hanged herself after she was gang raped and labelled a slut when photographs of her rape were published online.
We lost twelve-year-old Gabrielle Molina, who committed suicide after being taunted by school bullies who called her a slut and a whore.
We lost Felicia Garcia, fifteen, who jumped in front of a train after enduring bullying and taunts about being a slut after sexual activity at a party.
We lost nineteen-year-old Lizzy Seeberg because when she tried to report her rapist received threatening texts from his friend telling her, ‘Don’t do anything you would regret’, and campus security failed to interview the alleged perpetrator for ten days, by which time she had committed suicide.
We lost Audrie Pott, fifteen, who hanged herself after her brutal sexual assault was photographed and shared online and led to vicious sexual bullying.
We lost Rachel Ehmke when she committed suicide, aged just thirteen, after she was taunted by bullies who called her a slut and scrawled the word across her locker.’
‘In August 2012, a sixteen-year-old girl was subjected to repeated sexual assaults and raped in Steubenville, Ohio. The incidents were captured on video via mobile phones and posted on social media. When two boys were convicted of rape, the CNN reporter covering the story said; ‘I’ve never experienced anything like it […] It was incredibly emotional, incredibly dificult even for an outsider like me to watch what happened as these two young men that had such promising futures, star football players, very good students literally watched as they believed their lives fell apart.”

Everyday Sexism. Laura Bates. 2014.

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