Rape Survivors Talk About Why They Tweeted Their Stories

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JoAnne, I was following this twitter buzz a step behind, mostly keeping up with in my wordpress reader–I only now am connecting that this is YOU. Again, I am so moved by your willingness to put your neck out. You are an advocate and an inspiration to the voiceless/would-be Voices. Thank you and bows to you~

TIME

JoAnne Cusick was wearing a pink floral sundress and jelly sandals when she was sexually assaulted at the age of eight by a group of neighborhood boys. Believing that she was to blame, she kept the secret for nine years until she told a priest about the attack during confession. He assured her that she was innocent in the eyes of God, and the eyes of the world.

Twenty-eight years later, Cusick, now a 37-year-old nurse living in Colorado, shared that secret on social media joining hundreds of other victims who tweeted their stories of assault. These women (and a number of men) were responding to a simple question that went viral on Twitter Wednesday night asking victims what they were wearing when they were assaulted. Within hours, a long list of outfits—ranging from sweatshirts to pajamas to bathing suits—accompanied by stories of rape and assault filled Twitter feeds, replacing…

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