Twitter has exploded into a space of the stories of hundreds of women sharing their sexual harassment experiences with the hashtag #WhenIWas. Started as part of a campaign by Everyday Sexism, the hashtag showed varied stories, including those that took place as early as 8 and 11 years old.
“Many people are shocked and unaware that sexual harassment, violence, discrimination and abuse start from an extremely young age,” wrote EverydaySexism on Twitter. Their disturbing accounts highlight just how early on sexual harassment begins.
— Cat Cooper (@catrincooper) April 20, 2016
a really great way to find + block piece of trash guys is to look at #wheniwas + see who is dismissing lived exp + harassing women there
— ? emilie ? (@anygirlfriday) April 19, 2016
#WhenIwas 16, offered bar job on condition I wore extremely tight jeans. Later fired when stood up to boss for groping me
— Charlotte Cooper (@ciditcharlotte) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 16 I was told I was never going to get married if I kept being so bossy.
— Jade (@librarianjade) April 19, 2016
What’s upsetting about #wheniwas is how normalised & often public sexual harassment is when you’re a young woman. It was normal for me.
— Van Badham (@vanbadham) April 19, 2016
#Wheniwas in HS, I was sexually harassed. Counsellor told me to show school spirit: if offenders were suspended, the hockey team wld lose.
— Permanent Side Eye (@sarahkerr81) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 7, I was sexually assaulted by an older boy and my school tried to suspend me for taking it to court
— cail (@caileyisdead) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 5, I was sexually assaulted till I was 8, by a close family member. Still overcoming it and trying to be okay.
— Leeah the Spoonie (@POTSiePrincess_) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 13 we were told we had to wear vests under school shirts "no matter how hot it was" bc our bras were distracting male teachers
— Nina Keen (@KeenNina) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 16 i didn't know how i was supposed to tell the boy on the bus to stop touching/groping me. i didn't know that i could.
— sailor mourn ⚰ (@detricotage) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 18 I was told I'm "quite funny for a girl", when I questioned what they meant by that they said NO girls are ever funny, only guys
— Laura Demaude (@bentotinderbox) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas in 7th grade, I won a race against a boy in PE. He shoved me to the ground at the end.
— capriciously nerdy (@whatanerd) April 19, 2016
— lisa (@runawaycow) April 19, 2016
— Rebecca Foote (@becswithspecs) April 19, 2016
— Kelly Kansas (@kjxoxo) April 19, 2016
— hannah (@hannahleighpitt) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 15, my female teacher told me to "stop overreacting" when I said I was being sexually harassed by a boy in my class.
— Hanknits (@hanknits) April 19, 2016
— Laura Writing (@Charlotte_Prod) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas ten i was sent to the office for wearing shorts that were "distracting" to boys. TEN.
— brie (@carouseIdoll) April 19, 2016
— Caroline Conrad (@CPConrad) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 17, I was raped by my first boyfriend. My school found out and tried to expel me.
— Ana Mardoll (@AnaMardoll) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 13, the catcalls started. Catcalls from grown men. I was a child.
— Karla (@anxiouslatina) April 19, 2016
#WhenIWas 16 on a school trip I was drugged by a man at a hostel. He attempted to rape me. Police said I was old enough to know better.
— Lydia Hulme (@EllesieBean) April 19, 2016