How old are young girls when they are “first harassed” by men?
It begun using a sordid episode as the country watched the junior version of Masterchef, the globally popular TV cooking competition.
One of the contestants on the programme was 12-year old Valentina Shulz and during one episode, several guys started about her online utilizing the hashtag of the show, tweeting suggestive messages. “Does anyone know the Twitter of Valentina? She’ll date me if she desires it or not,” wrote one user. “If she needs it, it’s not paedophilia, it is LOVE,” said another.
Juliana de Faria detected these messages that are upsetting, a journalist and part of the group that is feminist Believe Olga. ” Faria started tweeting about the times. Shortly, others shared their stories also and Faria began a hashtag – “primeiroassedio” – which translates as “first harassment.”
“Unexpectedly some readers and followers of Believe Olga were writing Faria back with the first time they were harassed and they were quite, very young, as young as five years old.
The tag has been used more than 90,000 times, with women and girls sharing the stories of their first encounter with sexual harassment that was public. “At 11, I had been heading to my dance course plus a man touched my bottom,” tweeted one. Faria was going to the supermarket. Heard from a gentleman that I already had ‘beautiful boobs.’ #firstharassment,” said another.