This Instagram account is sharing women’s stories of sexual assault from the fashion industry

Jessica Brown@Jessica_E_Brown
Sunday 15 October 2017 13:00
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Picture:((L) @cameronrussell/Instagram screengrab (R) Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)

The mounting claims against Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault and harassment have sparked some debate online.

But American model Cameron Russell had a better idea.

She decided to post stories of sexual assault by women in the fashion industry on her Instagram page, with the hashtag #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse.

The resulting posts are harrowing, but are contributing to the wider problem of powerful men abusing their power.

It started when a model and friend of Russell’s came forward with her own story, asking Russell to share her story to encourage others to do the same.

The women was 15 when a photographer abused her when her stepmother was in another room.

Russell encouraged others to do the same so she could share their stories anonymously, "so the industry can see the size and scope of this problem”.

She added:

Hearing about #harveyweinstein this week has sparked conversations about how widespread and how familiar his behavior is.

We talked about how hard it is to share stories of assault. When they are the norm, calling them out can feel disruptive and unprofessional. On many occasions I've been called a feminist for reporting unwanted groping, spanking, pinching, pressure for dates, phone calls and texts of a sexual nature, lack of appropriate changing areas, etc.

And because the response has always been "are you surprised?" or "that's part of the job" I tolerated them. When the offenses were bigger, calling them out is terrifying, and demands a level of exposure and backlash to what is already painful and sometimes shameful.

She has since shared more than 70 stories from other women.

Including these, which some people may find triggering:

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