I was sexually harassed by someone twice my age: Ayesha Omar

By: News Desk      Published: 01:45 AM, 4 Aug, 2020
I was sexually harassed by someone twice my age: Ayesha Omar
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Popular Pakistani actress and model Ayesha Omar too has come out with her #MeToo story.

Talking to Rose McGowan, American actress and activist who was one of the women at the forefront of the #MeToo Movement against American film producer Harvey Weinstein, during a live Instagram session, Ayesha said, “I have been struggling with my own story. I have been a victim of sexual harassment as well. This happened very early on in my career. I was only 23 years old. I had just moved to Karachi, just out of college. And I was sexually harassed by someone twice my age, very very powerful.

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. In 2017, Rose McGowan decided to break the silence about Hollywood and one of the most powerful men in it, Harvey Weinstein. She decided to tell her story to the world. Did the world believe her? Not really. As is the case with most silence breakers. “Time” magazine, though recognised her as one of the Silence Breakers and their Person of the year, for speaking out about sexual harassment/assault. Soon after, several other actresses started sharing their stories of assault by the same monster. Her book “Brave” tells her story in her own voice. A singular voice that stands in a large arena full of women with similar stories of assault and rape. . In my eyes, Rose is one of the bravest women in the world today. I have watched several of her interviews and the way she articulates her feelings, emotions and thoughts is mesmerising. She hits the nail on the spot. Every single time. Rose is also an angry woman. A woman who allows herself to feel and feels no need to justify her emotions to anyone. Her fight is to allow all women in society to feel angry for what they have been through. For what they have been made to go through. Two years ago, I finally allowed myself to acknowledge and talk about my own sexual harassment story by a powerful monster, twice my age. When Rose agreed to go live with me, I felt I was dreaming. It was unreal. I thought non-stop about everything that I wanted to ask her, everything that I wanted to tell her about Pakistan. But she’s been asked everything and she’s answered everything.... that’s why I decided to chat with Rose about how she is doing right now, at this moment in her life, let the conversation flow freely.... and it did... it was real and honest, probably uncomfortable for some.... I did think of some solid questions to ask but never got around to them... they are all still floating in my head. We plan to go live again in a week, and this time go deeper into the various layers and constructs of societies all over the world. Would love for you all to join. Until next time folks! 🌹🧚‍♀️✨❤️ . . #ayeshaomar #rosemcgowan #metoo #feminism #feminist #womensupportingwomen #timesup #speakup #crazy #keepitreal #hereandnow

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“And it did not stop. It wasn’t one of the incidents; it happened multiple times and I did not have the courage to talk about it to anybody. It was only two years ago that I finally, when another friend of mine decided to face her own story and come out with it, … got the strength to talk about it. I do tell [about it]. My friends know who it is, but publically I haven’t been able to reveal my story. And obviously because of the aftermath and everything that any victim has to deal with, A) trauma, what he or she went through.

“And if that wasn’t traumatic enough, the continuous trauma after the victim/the person will come out with their experience and the battle that starts, which is just as excruciating as the one proceeding it. I have myself seen a few examples. People who have come out with their stories, their names have been dragged in the ground, slandered, there is a lot of victim blaming. So obviously that scares most people from every coming out with their stories.”