The Viral Hashtag #WhenIWas Tells Stories of Sexual Harassment

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84 percent of women are catcalled before they turn 17. Photo: Arman Zhenikeyev/Corbis
84 percent of women are catcalled before they turn 17. Photo: Arman Zhenikeyev/Corbis

On Tuesday, Twitter became home to the stories of hundreds of women who shared their sexual-harassment experiences with the hashtag #WhenIWas. Started as part of a campaign by Everyday Sexism, the hashtag became the catalyst for varied stories, including those that occurred in the halls of elementary and middle schools.

Even with the help of a hashtag, these stories are never easy to tell. But in a society where 84 percent of women are catcalled before the age of 17, they are far too common.

Viral Hashtag Brings Light to Sexual Harassment