The internet is meant to be a place where people can connect, learn, and express themselves. Unfortunately, there are times when it is used for harmful purposes, and one such instance is the recent “National Rape Day” trend on TikTok.
This sickening trend has caused fear and panic among women and girls across the UK, with many afraid to leave their homes. The TikTok videos associated with this trend urge people to “stay indoors” and even encourage them to carry weapons for self-defense.
Origins of the Trend
The trend is believed to have started with a video created by a group of men, who encourage others to commit sexual assault on April 24th, claiming it is legal to do so. While TikTok has denied the existence of this video, it is clear that the hashtag #April24 has garnered over 38 million views and thousands of videos have been made in response to it.
The Impact on Society
The emergence of this trend is deeply concerning, as it glorifies and promotes sexual violence. The fact that it has gone viral on social media platforms like TikTok, with millions of people viewing and sharing it, only adds to the gravity of the situation.
It is important to understand that sexual assault is a serious crime that can have long-lasting effects on the victim’s physical, mental, and emotional health. This trend not only trivializes the trauma of victims but also makes them feel unsafe and unprotected.
The Role of Social Media Platforms
Social media platforms like TikTok have a responsibility to ensure that their users are not exposed to harmful content. They need to take proactive measures to detect and remove such content from their platforms. While TikTok has stated that it has taken down videos associated with the trend, more needs to be done to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
The “National Rape Day” trend on TikTok is a stark reminder of the power and impact of social media. It is a dangerous trend that needs to be condemned and stopped immediately. As a society, we must stand together to protect and support victims of sexual assault and work towards creating a safe and inclusive environment for all.