Anoushey Ashraf Reveals She Was Harassed In Market Despite Being Covered From ‘Head To Toe’

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Pakistan has been thrown off balance by the horrific gang-rape case on Lahore motorway. More so, taking the situation of the country into consideration, many people stepped forward to share their stories to cast light on the epidemic of sexual harassment. Pakistani famous model and actress Anoushey Ashraf also revealed she has been harassed in a market.

Recently, the unstoppable series of rape cases have sparked a conversation on women’s safety and many people have come forward to share their instances of facing sexual harassment in public spaces. 

Anoushey Ashraf Reveals Her Sexual Harassment Experience & Takes An Initiative To Give Voice To Other Victims
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Taking to her social media, VJ Anoushey Ashraf also shared her own experience of being harassed in a space as open as a market.

“Rapists rape people, not outfits,” continued Ashraf, highlighting how critical it is to stop victim-blaming or shaming. “Save the behayai rant for another day, please. Stop deviating and victim-blaming!” she further added.

Anoushey Ashraf Reveals Her Sexual Harassment Experience & Takes An Initiative To Give Voice To Other Victims
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The model shared that regardless of being fully covered, a man harassed her. Well, if you are a woman living in Pakistan then you know the struggle of dealing with the men on the street harassing, eve-teasing, and catcalling yet easily getting away with it. Sadly, this is an everyday thing.

In addition to this, Ashraf also demands the authorities to ensure justice to the victims of sexual harassment

Her tweet encourages other victims to share their stories and experiences

Ashraf starts an initiative to give voice to the sexual harassment victims

While showing her support for those who shared their personal experiences of harassment, the model also took to her Instagram account to start an initiative.

Through Believe Women, the VJ plans on spreading awareness and shedding light on the grave reality the women in our society have to deal with. The model plans on sharing stories of the victims of sexual harassment while keeping their identities confidential.

Not only for the women of Pakistan, but from all around the world are open to message her their experiences.

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TRIGGER WARNING: (some of the words, honesty and stories may not be well received by people, please refrain from commenting and scroll forward if that’s the case) “Believe Women” is a little initiative i’m going to run for awareness through my platform. It’s my small attempt to bring to light REAL stories of harassment/rape/assault women have faced at the hands of some sick minded individuals so some of us can understand how deep rooted this sickness is and how it effects women. 4-5 days of true stories by real women. I’m so proud of EACH of you for sharing your stories. Together we’re stronger and there’s some consolation in knowing we’re not alone. You’re our true life heroes! ❤️❤️ Hiding identities because you know why. Any negative comments will be blocked too. Please refrain from hate! Just listen and read carefully. Mindfully. With God as my witness, I share only stories that have been shared in my inbox by real women. Not 1 of them is a made up story. And these stories just don’t come from Pakistan, it’s an issue around the WORLD. So please don’t think I’m doing a disservice to anyone. I’m just trying to get you guys thinking about where we went wrong. Featuring on day #1: Such incidences trigger severe anxiety and trauma for most victims. It’s a scary feeling. My advice would be to speak up in public spaces and tell people around you that an individual is making you uncomfortable, but when you’re 14, it’s difficult to even comprehend what’s truly going on. Educate your girls!! Swipe right ➡️➡️➡️ for the whole story! #metoo #harrasment #rapeawareness FLOODED BY STORIES SO WILL POST ANOTHER SERIES IN A BIT

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The horrendous motorway incident has shaken the country to the core. So much so that it lead to numerous country-wide protests over the weekend calling for swift action against the perpetrators with many rallying for capital punishment to send a strong message.

Following the investigation into the rape case, many people also called for the removal of CCPO Lahore Police who resorted to victim-shaming on national TV. Ashraf’s revelation seems directed to the victim-blaming mentality.

The horrific gang rape of a mother along the highway was not an isolated incident but comes against a backdrop of regular threats and harassment of women. Nonetheless, we think sharing experiences as such takes a lot of courage. Hats off to Ashraf for taking this brilliant initiative!

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