A horrific rape attack that took place in Sudan on New Year's Eve has triggered strong campaigns in solidarity with the young victim, who was attacked by 20 different men amid celebrations of 2021 in Khartoum.
We launched the hashtag #itsnotokay, because an event occurred that is not unique in Sudan nor is it the first time that girls have been raped.— Razaz🇸🇩 (@razazyall) January 4, 2021
A girl was raped by twenty armed men at dawn on New Year's Day,
We launched this hashtag to help all women face their fears and accuse
Online people have come together after a young woman reported having been attacked by 20 armed sexual predators while in a car with one of her relatives, before raping her. According to several social media sources the crime took place in Nile Street, which is one of the most vibrant streets in the Sudanese capital.
As soon as the news broke, social media users launched the hashtags #itsnotokay and #نحنا_معاكي (We are with you), expressing their deep sympathy with the victim and calling on authorities to tighten punishments carried out against such predators.
I want to be safe in my own country, I don't want to go out with fear of getting sexually assaulted and blamed when it's NEVER my fault. Please help sharing this!!— king🏳️ (@aseelhedery) January 3, 2021
End rape apology culture
Stop blaming victims#نحنا_معاكي#itsnotokay
Moreover, internet activists condemned attempts by conservative voices that argued against the victim, saying that "young women should not be present alone in the streets late at night." Tweets heavily called on such voices to stop blaming the victim and to stop supporting anti-women statements that blame rape on anything but the sexual predators who commit it.
We’re not your sisters, we’re not your daughters, we’re human beings with will and autonomy who demand their territories to be respected and their CONSENT to be regarded#نحنا_معاكي #itsnotokay https://t.co/lJEB0TH0bW— أرِيج (@AreejxMohd) January 4, 2021
Don’t you dare use our religion as an excuse to rape someone. It’s crystal clear. The Quran addresses the male believers first and commands us to lower our gaze no matter what. If you can’t do that, it’s on you. Don’t try to blame her. #نحنا_معاكي #itsnotokay https://t.co/qZa0DkXOIj— Hopeful Ahmed 💡 (@AKidCalledAhmed) January 4, 2021
Additionally, some tweets quoted verses from the Quran showing that the religious discourse often referred to by victim shamers "fully stands against such crimes, providing no excuses whatsoever."
Several Sudanese artists also posted artwork that highlighted the shocking incident, in an attempt to show solidarity with the rising social movement calling for more rights for women.
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