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Twitter Conversation Responds to Myth That Clothing Encourages Sexual Violence

@Steenfox started a conversation about sexual violence on Twitter.

Pink princess pajamas. Jeans and a t-shirt. Sweatpants and a baggy sweater.

When Twitter user Christina Fox (@Steenfox) asked her followers, “What were you wearing when you were assaulted?” some answered with these clothes.

 

 

Fox prompted the question after reading a story about a 60-year-old woman who was raped by her grandson.

“I wonder what she had on to entice him,” Fox tweeted.

She asked Twitter users who have been sexually assaulted to tweet the clothes they were wearing during the assault. A sample of the responses can be read here.

 From jeans and pajamas to collared shirts and dresses, the responses show that victims of sexual violence are not assaulted because they were wearing a specific type of attire.

“Many people believe that clothing plays a role in sexual assault,” Fox tweeted. “As you can see from the outpouring of stories on my [timeline], it does NOT.”

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