TW- Sexual Assault and Rape
What is ‘Everyone is Invited’?
‘Everyone is Invited’ is a movement calling for the end of rape culture in our society, with a dedicated website and Instagram account. The website allows for anonymous testimonials to be written and recently has named a whopping 2962 schools where abuse and rape has occurred. This number is only growing as more testimonials are being added. One of the most shocking factors is the number of primary schools listed, currently 406, which shows just how prevalent this kind of abuse is and how early it starts. ‘Everyone is Invited’ was founded by Soma Sara, a UCL graduate who began sharing her experiences on Instagram. After a positive response, ‘Everyone is Invited’ was formed in June 2020. Currently, there are more than 50,000 testimonies on the website, including my own.
According to research by the Home Office, only 4% of sexual violence cases reported to UK police are found or suspected to be false. Paired with the fact that just 1.5% of all rape cases lead to charge or summons, this begs the question - are there actually many people sent away for crimes they didn’t commit?
Social media conveys a false reality. Although Snapchat and Instagram filters were supposed to be just a fun feature, now it is rare to find photos that have not been doctored with the help of filters and apps. That phenomenon sets unrealistic beauty standards that can damage people’s perspective on their bodies. The Norwegian Parliament has decided to fight the issue by implementing a new law which requires influencers to disclose when images were edited.
Legally, a child is anyone who is under the age of eighteen. Child marriage is any formal or informal union where one or both people are under eighteen. A forced marriage is where one or both people do not consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. Child marriages are forced because a child cannot provide informed consent, therefore making it a violation of their human rights; and it is evident that child marriages disproportionately affect more girls, with girls being more than two times likely to be forced into marriage than their male counterparts. Child marriages are prevalent all over the world, with girls living in the rural parts Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia the most vulnerable to child marriage; often being forced to marry men that are two times or more their age.
“I was running in the early hours of the morning when a man up ahead stopped to watch me.”
“‘Text me when you get home’. It is that line in particular that really got us as women” says Nikki Owen, multi-award-winning author, journalist, copywriter and endurance athlete from Stroud, Gloucestershire.