Survivors To Host #WeWillNotBeSilent Inauguration Twitter Storm
As Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th President of the United State’s, survivors are banding together on twitter to stand up against the rape culture that, to them, the Trump presidency represents. From noon to 1pm EST on Friday January 20th, survivors will be stating the ways Trump reminds them of their abusers using the hashtag #InThisMan. Survivors will also be naming how they plan to organize against and resist Trump with the hashtag #WeWillNotBeSilent.
“Survivors of rape and abuse, along with our supporters, are coming together to use our collective voice to name what is happening: a rapist is becoming president,” says Jadelynn Stahl from Oakland-based group DISCLOSE. “Not only has Trump bragged about sexual assault in his personal life, but through his public actions, rhetoric and policies, he - and the administration he has appointed- embody the racist, misogynist, xenophobic, classist, ableist, transphobic, and homophobic agenda that is the bedrock of rape culture in the US.”
“Trump’s racism, homophobia, misogyny and violence is not normal and cannot be normalized. Those of us who have experienced violence, know all too well the tactics of gaslighting and intimidation he has used to gain office,” says Nagle of FORCE. “We also know that the systems who allowed Donald Trump to be successful are larger than just one person and we have to name the violence that is so deeply embedded in US culture that a man like this could be elected president.”
This tweetchat coincides with the release of “We Will Not Be Silent”, an online video by DISCLOSE, in which survivors name the parallels between the violence of the Trump presidency and the violence they’ve experienced in their own lives. The video concludes with a commitment to survivor-led organizing and resistance. The twitter storm is part of a week-long series of events being planned on both coasts by Baltimore-based FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture and Oakland-based DISCLOSE and will also include a bi-coastal projection of the video on the eve of the inauguration. The Twitter Storm is co-sponsored by Force (@upsettingrape), DISCLOSE (@disclosesilence), Sister Song (@SisterSong_WOC ), and North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault (@NCCASA ).
People who are interested can RSVP to the twitter storm on Facebook here. Organizations who are interested in joining on can email FORCE at firstname.lastname@example.org.