A 22-year-old by the name of Elliot Rodger went on a killing spree on Friday in Santa Barbara, California, killing seven people (including himself) and injuring 13. The reason behind his act of violence?Well, according to several YouTube videos he posted, he was tired of women rejecting him. When the story hit the news, many felt sorry for Rodger and blamed women for being "stuck up" (among other things) for the reason he went on his rampage. Really? Being denied a date or sex are justifiable reasons to kill?
Hundreds took to Twitter to turn the world's eyes toward the blatant misogyny and acts of violence women experience every single day by delivering their stories via a movement called #YesAllWomen. Here are the 17 most powerful tweets, along with important facts and figures:
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Did you know? Over 22 million women in the United States have been raped in their lifetime, according to a 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
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Per global data reported by UN Women, 35 percent of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence. However, some national violence studies also show that up to 70 percent of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner.
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Because I've been slut shamed, but yet a guy can sleep with who ever he wants and still be glorified #YesAllWomen— Alyssa Young (@AlyssaYoung1) May 28, 2014
Men are often given high-fives for their sexual conquests, women not so much. As a matter of fact, a man responded to this woman's tweet saying: "Yes, because men and women are different, and reality is not equal. Slut."
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Feminism isn't about making women stronger. Women are already strong. It's about changing the way the world sees that strength. #YesAllWomen— Circle of Sisterhood (@CofS_Foundation) May 28, 2014
Fact: Women will be called "bossy," while men will be commended for their leadership abilities.
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I shouldn't have to hold my car keys in hand like a weapon & check over my shoulder every few seconds when I walk at night #YesAllWomen— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) May 25, 2014
Women walk in fear every day! According to the 2012 National Crime Victimization Survey, every 90 seconds, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted.
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Not ALL men harass women. But ALL women have, at some point, been harassed by men. Food for thought. #YesAllWomen— Adelaide Kane (@AdelaideKane) May 27, 2014
A poll conducted in 2013 by HuffPost/YouGov on workplace sexual harassment showed that 13 percent of respondents reported having been sexually harassed by a boss or another superior, and 19 percent have been harassed by a co-worker other than a boss or superior. Of those who said they’d experienced sexual harassment, a full 70 percent said they never reported it.
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Most female victims are raped before the age of 25, and almost half of female victims are under the age of 18, according to a 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
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#YesAllWomen Because recognition of human dignity elevates all of us.— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) May 26, 2014
Many on Twitter were complaining and declaring that the #YesAllWomen trend was just another way for women to play the victim role, but knowledge is power, and James Van Der Beek said it right.
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The fact that there is no "Matronizing" tells you all you need to know about the gender history of dominant power structures #YesAllWomen— Lucas Neff (@RealLucasNeff) May 26, 2014
Is misogyny and violence against women a power game? According to figures reported by the Department of Justice in 2010, approximately 1,270,000 women are raped each year. Another 6,646,000 are victims of other sexual crime, including sexual coercion, unwanted sexual contact, or unwanted sexual experiences.
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#YesAllWomen because women have to avoid eye-contact with men in public in order not to "lead them on"— Kaylee Anna (@_KayleeAnna_) May 27, 2014
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Girls grow up knowing that it's safer to give a fake phone number than to turn a guy down. #yesallwomen— Kate Tuttle (@katekilla) May 24, 2014
Frightening fact: Earlier this year, a young girl was slain for turning down a prom date request.
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The cops who asked me "Well, what were you wearing?" when I reported an attack and attempted rape. #YesAllWomen— Aimee Mann (@aimeemann) May 25, 2014
On May 27, the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW) announced that as part of their year of programming to recognize the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, administration officials from the Departments of Justice and Education joined them on its nationwide university tour to raise awareness of campus sexual assault. The visits reinforced what OVW has known for years – to effectively address sexual assault on campus it must be informed by and meet the needs of each campus and the students it serves.
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No but seriously, don't tell me I should smile more. #YesAllWomen— SOPHIA AMORUSO (@Sophia_Amoruso) May 27, 2014
Devastating fact: Factoring in unreported rapes, about 6% of rapists will ever spend a day in jail, while 15 out of 16 will walk free.
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According to the 2010 Bureau of Justice Criminal Victimization report, offenders have been reported to be armed with a gun, knife or other weapon in 11 percent of rape or sexual assault victimization.
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I bet lotsa guys are annoyed by these constant unwanted #YesAllWomen tweets. I mean, you're just tryin to be a person & go about your day.— Christine Nangle (@nanglish) May 26, 2014
And women, we're just trying to go about our day without being harassed, raped, beat up...you get the drift.
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Because we keep telling our daughters they are responsible for men's behaviors #YesAllWomen— Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) May 24, 2014
Victims of rape, domestic violence, sexual harassment are often told it's their fault or they deserved it. But why should this be the message?