Women Share Sexual Assault Experiences on Twitter After Lewd Trump Comments

One bestselling author asked people to share their stories -- and garnered countless responses

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Women are speaking up about their own sexual assault experiences after bestselling author Kelly Oxford challenged people to share their stories. After the revelation of a 2005 video conversation showing presidential candidate Donald Trump describing how he liked to grab women by their genitals, Oxford asked women to use the #notokay and detail these difficult moments.

Within 14 hours, Oxford — who wrote Seth Rogen‘s film Sausage Party — said nearly 10 million tweets had been sent out using the hashtag.

Some women even admitted they had never publicly spoken out about their sexual assaults until Oxford introduced the idea.

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For Oxford, the response to her challenge was eye-opening.

“I am in such horrendous shock and yet so proud of the women sharing their assaults. #notokay is trending in US. Not our shame anymore,” she wrote in one tweet shortly after her initial request was posted.

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