Girls younger than 15 are five times more likely to die in childbirth than women in their 20s.
For example, an honest discussion about Israel’s occupation of Palestine need not devolve into anti-Semitism.
Talia, 22, was in shock to see several partially nude photos of herself as she scrolled through a simply designed website. (Talia is a pseudonym we’ve given her to protect her identity.) As she delved further into the site, Talia saw startling messages that appeared to have a language of their own. She didn’t know what “bump” or “wins” referred to, but after seeing photos of women in underwear and some fully nude, she grew increasingly alarmed. Talia soon realized that a number of users were specifically requesting photos of her.
“Bump [redacted] and her slut friends,” one user wrote. As she clicked through, Talia recognized the names of her female classmates in a thread dedicated to sexual images of women who attend St. Some were even offering money for pics of other women on campus. Paralyzed with panic, Talia sat on her bed for an hour, unable to move. Talia had no idea who got her photos in the first place—or who had them now. She didn’t know what to do, but she needed to get out of her room.
Two anxiety-filled days later, Talia went back on the site and saw that new requests had been made—this time, someone wanted nude shots of her friend.
Sickened at the thought those closest to her were also being targeted, Talia went to the police. What happened to Talia is happening to women in cities and university campuses across the world.