After the slew of allegations against Harvey Weinstein from stars such as Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cara Delevingne (as well as over 30 others), women worldwide have been sharing stories of harassment and abuse using the social media hashtag #MeToo.
Overnight, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence told their daunting stories, and now Australian star Phoebe Tonkin has opened up about her own experiences.
Taking to Twitter, Phoebe wrote: "Left phoneless and walletless in the dark on the side of a road, picked up by 2 guys, had to fend off the same thing again by them #metoo," before going on to slam victim shamers, saying, "I was a teenager and that type of story was accepted by the girls as normal, and used as a way to ruin my reputation and spread as gossip by the boys. That there is the problem."
She also calls out societies expectations of women and the objectification of girls day-to-day.
"Also, I think about this at least zero times day. Very rarely over the last 10 years," she adds.
"But what I do think about daily is the day to day objectification of women's bodies, of the accusations towards women in regards to their mental health. Who has ever been accused of being too fat, of being pregnant, of trying to steal someone's boyfriend, of being anorexic, of being a drug addict. All accusations to rob women of their identities and their self worth. Being ashamed of being ourselves and of who we are and what we do, what we've done."
"I hope the next generation of girls sees that assault, and harassment, sexual or otherwise, is not normal. Should never be normal. And don't feel weird/guilty/awkward or ashamed to speak out. Or not even need to speak out but to not feel like they've done anything wrong."
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