This article provides vivid descriptions of sexual assault.
People are taking advantage of a trend on TikTok to discuss the sexual trauma that caused them or their relatives to turn to or consider having an abortion.
The trend follows a leaked Supreme Court bill that would overturn Roe V. Wade, the landmark ruling that legalized abortion nationwide in 1973. The draft has sparked a series of protests across the country and an outcry on social media.
On TikTok, users are using rapper Baby Keem’s song “Vent” to share various reasons why they believe Roe V. Wade shouldn’t be overthrown.
The TikTok Sound has more than 12,000 videos, most of which discuss recent abortions and the Roe V. Wade news.
“Have you ever been [sexually assaulted] from your father aged 5-15, got pregnant by him and had to have a back alley abortion which resulted in you losing one of your ovaries?!?!?” asks a TikToker (@pres1.1) in a video.
@pres1.1 DISCLAIMER! Didn’t happen to me, happened to my grandmother. My heart broke when I found out that #SearchForWonderMom #protectwomensrights #prochoice #generationaltrauma ♬ vent – Baby Keem
The user clarified in her video’s caption that the experience was her grandmother’s and was one of the reasons she wouldn’t stop campaigning for abortion rights.
Another TikToker (@totallyheather90) took advantage of the same trend to ask, “Have you ever been overwhelmed waking up to find the entire baseball team taking turns against you while you passed out?”
“I told my boyfriend I wanted to wait until marriage, but instead he held the camera during the abuse. I’m lucky in the morning after the pill works,” the user wrote in the video’s caption.
@totallyheather90 I told my boyfriend I wanted to wait until the wedding but instead he held the camera during the abuse. I’m lucky the morning after the pill has worked. #keepsupporting #keepyourlawsoffmybody #feminist #prochoicewithheart #womenpower #prochoiceisprowomen #independent ♬ vent – Baby Keem
TikTok user @b0ngripsbeforeschool shared a video asking, “Have you ever been raped by a group of strangers while crying and screaming no and get it done?” Several took advantage of the trend to ask, if you have ever had a man ejaculate inside you without consent.
“Have you ever had to tell your mom you’ve become part of the 97%?” TikToker asked @lindsswrld in her video.
“The 97 percent trend” refers to 97 percent of women who have been sexually abused, according to data from UN Women. The statistic was widely circulated on social media following the Supreme Court draft.
The UN Women report, which polled more than 1 billion people online, said only 3% of 18-24 year olds said they had never been sexually abused.
According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, about one in six women in the United States has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape. According to RAINN, approximately 433,648 Americans ages 12 and older are sexually assaulted or raped each year.
Rape is often cited as a common reason for keeping abortion legal. The Supreme Court decision, when finalized, would allow each state to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion. Many states, particularly in the South, already have trigger statutes that specifically state that if the Supreme Court allowed abortion, they would outright ban it, according to the New York Times. These states, including Texas, would likely not allow an exception to the outlaw in cases of rape or incest.
A study by the Guttmacher Institute shows that restricting or outlawing abortion often leads to higher abortion rates. Countries with the most restrictive abortion laws have the highest abortion rates, while easier access to birth control lowers abortion rates, the 2022 report found. The study also found that between 2015 and 2019, about 121 million unwanted pregnancies occurred each year. Of these unwanted pregnancies, about 61% ended in abortion.
In countries that restrict abortion, the percentage of unwanted pregnancies ending in abortion has increased over the past 30 years — from 36% in 1990-1994 to 50% in 2015-2019, according to the Guttmacher Institute .
The Daily Dot reached out to TikTok users @pres1.1, @totallyheather90, @b0ngripsbeforeschool, and @lindsswrld via TikTok comments.
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*Initial publication: May 7, 2022 at 12:20 p.m. CDT
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.
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