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How #YesAllWomen turned into a movement demanding justice for women on Twitter after a gunman shot women for rejecting him

Updated: May 31, 2014, 12:16 PM IST
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How #YesAllWomen turned into a movement demanding justice for women on Twitter after a gunman shot women for rejecting him
A gunman shot women for rejecting his sexual advances and Twitter exploded with a hashtag #YesAllWomen.

Last Friday, a gunman named Elliot Roger killed six people and injures several others at the University of California, Santa Barbara for the most peculiar reason ever. The killer released a creepy and chilling video where he declared how he hated women and would take revenge for the years of rejection he had faced.

Before killing six people and himself, the killer said in a video that he didn't know why girls weren't attracted to him, but he would 'punish' them all for it. Calling the day as the 'day of retribution', the killer said that he would become god compared to women and treat them as animals.

This barbarous act forced women and from across the world to raise their voice against such crime on Twitter. #YesAllWomen is a Twitter hashtag that began trending as women shared personal experiences of how they had suffered silently at the hands of men. The hashtag soon became a movement with women demanding justice for such heinous crimes against women. Twitter even generated a heatmap from May 24 and how it gradually progressed through the week.

The anger and helplessness of women across the globe was reflected through this hashtag that generated over 1.2 million tweets. From harassment at workplace to crimes like rape, women shared their plight through these tweets.

First Published: May 31, 2014, 12:16 PM IST
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